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Jungle Book (1942)

Jungle Book (1942)




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In this adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story, Indian juvenile-star Sabu plays Mowgli, who was raised by wolves after having been lost in the jungle as an infant. While he has no trouble conversing with his animal neighbors, Mowgli yearns to touch base with his human roots.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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as Mowgli
John Qualen
as The barber
Frank Puglia
as The pundit
Ralph Byrd
as Durga
Faith Brook
as English girl
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Critic Reviews for Jungle Book

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

The color is strikingly vivid and some of the individual scenes have natural charm. But the film, as a whole, is ostentatious.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a formless, often dull time, but the verdant Technicolor (shot by Lee Garmes) gives it a nice gloss.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

As directed by Zoltan Korda, the fiction takes secondary place to the highly interesting and sometimes amazing views of jungle animals in the brilliance of colored photography.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016
Top Critic

When the animals are talking their own language and roaming their improvised jungle near Los Angeles, Jungle Book is as absorbing as a behind-the-scenes trip to the zoo. But when they converse in Kipling's English, the result is painful.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016
TIME Magazine
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Heavy going for all its beauty, but still superior to Disney's own live-action adaptation with Jason Scott Lee.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016
Radio Times

Purists may worry that the film strays a little from Kipling's book, but the high production values, exotic locales and a grand sense of adventure ensure that this classic family fantasy film stands the test of time with ease.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

Audience Reviews for Jungle Book

totally underrated, one of my fav films from childhood and recently seen again and baby it's still got it: magic and the jungle, a lost city with a king's treasure hidden inside, and animals that talk. i never even knew sabu was indian until i googled it last night! accept no imitations!!!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I didn't pay attention to most of it - the parts I saw weren't bad.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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sabu! :D

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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