Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (1994)

STEPHEN SOMMERS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Vegahom Europe, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by , , Screenplay by Stephen Sommers, Ronald Yanover, Mark Geldman, based on characters from the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Exotic, visually opulent adaptation of the famous children’s book features a more robust Mowgli () and a wilder adventure than was featured in the Disney version. A young boy is abandoned in the jungle and raised by animals, only to find himself at odds with humanity when civilization starts to encroach upon his beautiful jungle. Upon meeting a beautiful young woman (), his ideas about the scary white people start to change (but of course there’s a priggish suitor rival to contend with). It’s exciting, but not very memorable or extremely charming, more suited to youngsters than anyone else.

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