The Jungle Book (1967)

WOLFGANG REITHERMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1967.  Walt Disney ProductionsStory by , , , , inspired by the Mowgli stories by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1967.  

Rudyard Kipling’s popular adventure story comes to the big screen via Disney’s animation studio. It tells the story of a young boy named Mowgli who is abandoned as an orphan in the jungles of India and raised by a pack of wolves. As a young boy, he befriends a fun-loving bear named Baloo and fights off an evil tiger named Shere Khan (voiced by George Sanders) who is trying to kill his furry friends. The situations are delightful, as are the supporting characters, though only young children will be truly charmed by it. The best sequence is one in which Mowgli meets a group of primates led by a -voiced ape; their jazz scene is the film’s best.

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