Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994)
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Twenty-seven years after turning one of Rudyard Kipling's best known works into a successful animated musical, Disney returned to the same source material for this live-action adventure, which hews slightly closer to the original source material. Mowgli (Sean Naeleli) is the five-year-old son of a wilderness guide who accompanies his father on a hunting expedition in the jungles of their native India. Mowgli becomes close friends with a British girl named Kitty (Joanna Wolff), whose parents
Dec 23, 1994 Wide
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A full-throttled, technically superb adventure - with more bite than most Disney live-action fare - that offers some winning moments but, ultimately, isn't as involving as it needs to be.
Kipling purists may not cotton to Disney's new live-action version of The Jungle Book, but it's hard to think of anyone else who won't be enchanted.
Scott Lee is an unexpectedly appealing hero, partly because he's never indulged, and his dialogue is kept to a minimum.
A chaste teen-age love story with an ecological sensibility and some terrific scenery.
The narrative shifts from romance to adventure the way Cheetah used to hop from foot to foot, but Sommers nevertheless delivers a bully family picture.
The special effects are convincing, the performances are forthright, and the direction, by Stephen Sommers, recalls his energetic, lighthearted "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993).
Excellent live-action adaptation. Thrilling adventure with classic heroes and villains.
A serviceable adaptation, but nowhere near as whimsical as the animated version.
Sommers would have done better if he had spent more time on character development (including some of the animal characters) and less on turning Mowgli into Indiana Jones. In some ways, this is as cartoony as the '67 version.
Putting Kipling's name over the title is gross mis-representation. The pity is that such care was taken with the visual aspects of a film so betrayed by the scripting.
The technical aspects of the film are impressive. The cinematography is lovely.
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