Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1967. Walt Disney Productions. Story by Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Ken Anderson, Vance Gerry, inspired by the Mowgli stories by Rudyard Kipling. Produced by Walt Disney. Music by George Bruns. Film Editing by Tom Acosta, Norman Carlisle. 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 Louis Prima-voiced ape; their jazz scene is the film’s best.