Jungle Book (1942)
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Critic Reviews for Jungle Book
The color is strikingly vivid and some of the individual scenes have natural charm. But the film, as a whole, is ostentatious.
It's a formless, often dull time, but the verdant Technicolor (shot by Lee Garmes) gives it a nice gloss.
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.
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.
The spirit of the original is missing and the whole film despite the lavish nature of its production is unsatisfying.
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!!!
I didn't pay attention to most of it - the parts I saw weren't bad.
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