The Jungle Book Reviews
A deserved classic... 5/5!
THE JUNGLE BOOK is pretty much what I think of most animated Disney films that came out at the time, it's just fine. I didn't feel like there was anything that stood out to make it one of the great Disney films. The plot is very basic, it centers on a boy who grows up in the jungle and his animal friends are conflicting with each other on where the boy really belongs while trying to stay away from a nasty predator. So you can pretty much get the whole idea on where the story is going. With that, there's nothing really remarkable or interesting happening. Whether the film follows the story of the book or not, I don't know, I haven't read it. The only thing I know is that in the book, Kaa the snake is not an antagonist. Speaking of which, the villains are by far the best part of the film. I love how they build up the character of Shere Khan as this savage and merciless predator, which is exactly how he's presented, and he's pretty intimidating. But, like most great Disney villains, there's also a lot of class and confidence in his character along with his deep voice that makes him such a charming antagonist. Kaa is also a cool villain. I like how he's being taken advantage of because he's a snake, with him having to use his long body for various reasons and having him hiss with his "s" sounds. Though, it's kind of distracting to hear his voice as it's obvious that he's the exact same voice as Winnie-the-Pooh.
Personally, I wish that the villains would've gotten more screen time. But, it mainly focuses on Mowgli's journey through the jungle, which I do find enjoyable for the most part. Oddly enough, I actually find Mowgli to be really annoying. I just thought he was way too stubborn. There was a point in the film where he was standing right next to Shere Khan and asked why he should run away from him. Um, maybe because he's a vicious tiger that's right in front of you and is going to eat you alive if you don't run! But, I thought the rest of the characters were pretty enjoyable. I like Baloo and Bagheera, and I like the other animals they meet along the journey. The songs are pretty entertaining, albeit not all that memorable other than The Bare Necessities, of course. There is one song called My Own Home that I think should be heard more, it has a very beautiful and soothing tone. I'm not really a fan of the animation done in this film. I know that the producers in the animation industry were trying out a more limited style of animation during this time. But, I just never really liked the way it was stylized, it was a little too choppy and sketchy.
As a whole, THE JUNGLE BOOK doesn't really have anything that fascinating. I usually don't like films that are this standard and basic because there is so just much potential for the film industry nowadays that you'd always expect them to do something ground-breaking and spectacular. But, due to the time period in which it was released, I'd give it a pass. This film is definitely not among my personal favorites from Disney, I'm not a fan of the animation style and Mowgli can really get on my nerves sometimes. But, the rest of the characters are still very enjoyable, notably the villains, and the songs are entertaining enough. It's probably just meant to be a simple family film, something that everyone can watch.
For some they might find this film playing it too safe and not taking chances. For the most part I can kind of agree but honestly for what this film was going for they did such an excellent job and it is an absolute classic and one of the best of the Disney library! Check it out with the family for sure!