Jungle Book

1942

Jungle Book

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Jungle Book

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (6)

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

    April 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's a formless, often dull time, but the verdant Technicolor (shot by Lee Garmes) gives it a nice gloss.

    April 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 15, 2016 | Full Review…

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  • 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.

    April 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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  • A wonderful spectacle for all children. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The light and casual tone of the movie, the humor of some moments and the very varied score of Miklós Rozsa makes 'Jungle book' a film that is good to remember. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jungle Book

  • May 14, 2011
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2011
    I didn't pay attention to most of it - the parts I saw weren't bad.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2008
    One of the best tellings of this story.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2008
    surprisingly entertaining. the original is just as good as the follow ups. i can imagine this entertained youngsters just as much in its time as the animated 60's version that i was familiar with as a child. it's one of those stories that never get old. oh, and if there ever was a real mowgli sabu would be it. born for the role
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