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The Jungle Book

Walt Disney’s classic animated movie, — €˜The Jungle Book‘, based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling, featuring the adventures of Mowgli, an orphan boy raised by wolves, who has to be taken to the human village to protect the wolf pack from the wrath of Shere Khan, the tiger – a wonderful classic, featuring the voice talents of Phil Harris and Sebastian Cabot, among others.

Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967), starring the voice talents of George Sanders, Phil Silvers, Sebastian Cabot, Sterling Holloway

Walt Disney's classic animated movie, -- €˜The Jungle Book', based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling, featuring the adventures of Mowgli, an orphan boy raised by wolves, who has to be taken to the human village to protect the wolf pack from the wrath of Shere Khan, the tiger - a wonderful classic, featuring the voice talents of Phil Harris and Sebastian Cabot, among others.The Walt Disney company’s marketing department tends to throw the title — €˜classic’ around a little too loosely — €”but in the case of The Jungle Book, it’s justified.   The Jungle Book is an enduring classic, for several reasons.   First, the artwork in the animation is top notch — €”it’s visually beautiful and uses the backdrop of the jungle to good effect.   Second, the music is catchy, captivating, and natural — €”it flows from the story and isn’t forced on top of it.   Some of the songs are absolute classics, such as The Bare Necessities € (nominated for an Oscar), €œI Wanna Be Like You€, etc.   Thirdly is the voice talent — €”the hilarious Phil Silvers is the perfect voice for the happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, as is his counterpoint, the serious, all-business panther Bagheera voiced perfectly by Sebastian Cabot.   The other voice talent is absolutely wonderful as well, such as Sterling Holloway as the snake Kaa (instantly recognizable from a very similar role in Walt Disney’s Robin Hood), George Sanders as the silky smooth and utterly dangerous tiger Shere Khan, etc.

It’s a wonderful children’s film that adults can enjoy as well, and it’s strongly recommended.

Editorial review of Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book – DVD review, courtesy of Amazon.com

A classic 1967 Disney animated film that’s loosely based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, Jungle Book tells the story of a young boy Mowgli who was raised by animals in the jungle. When tiger Shere Khan threatens to return to their part of the jungle, the other animals decide that Mowgli must return to the man village in order to ensure his safety. Panther Bagheera has difficulty convincing Mowgli to follow him to the man village and recruits the help of a big lovable bear Baloo. Mowgli’s journey is one of wit, song, and many surprises. A timeless film populated by strong characters bursting with personality, great music like — €œBare Necessities — € and — €œI Wanna Be Like You, — € and inspiring animation by Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and other master animators, Jungle Book captivates audiences of all ages.

This Platinum Edition includes everything from the standard bonus features like interactive games, music videos, and deleted songs to exciting and sometimes rare commentaries by everyone from modern day animators to Walt Disney himself, multiple featurettes about specific aspects of the film and its production, and a lengthy deleted scene featuring lost character Rocky the Rhino. Especially interesting for adults and Disney fans are — €œThe Bare Necessities: The making of The Jungle Book — € featurette, which explores Walt Disney’s commitment to developing strong characters and his insistence that writers, animators, and song writers create a light version of Jungle Book that followed his own personal interpretation of the story, and the — €œThe Lure of The Jungle Book — € featurette, which discusses Frank Thomas’ and Ollie Johnston’s amazing contribution to the film as prolific animators and the inspiration and influence that their work provided for future animators including Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Andreas Deja (Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King), Sergio Pablos (Tarzan), Will Finn (Home on the Range), and Eric Goldberg (Fantasia 2000). The full length commentary by Bruce Reitherman (voice of Mowgli), animator Andreas Deja, and composer Richard Sherman with its interspersed archival commentary of Disney greats from the original creative team (Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Woolie Reitherman, and others) is also very interesting and insightful. —Tami Horiuchi

Product Description of Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book

One of the most popular Disney films ever, THE JUNGLE BOOK is a song-filled celebration of friendship, fun, and adventure set in a lush and colorful world. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s — €œMowgli — € stories, Disney’s 19th animated masterpiece was the last animated feature that had Walt Disney’s personal touch. The jubilant adventure begins when Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, is urged by his friend Bagheera, a wise old panther, to seek safety in the man village. Feeling very much at home in the jungle, Mowgli resists and runs off. Much to Bagheera’s dismay, Mowgli meets a new friend with a happy-go-lucky philosophy of life — €”Baloo the Bear, a lovable — €œjungle bum. — € Together, the three buddies find the journey back to civilization anything but civilized! They encounter a crazy orangutan, the hypnotic and sly snake Kaa, and the menacing Shere Khan! Fully restored for this 30th anniversary edition, this enduring classic swings with jazzy toe-tapping music, including the Academy Award(R)-nominated — €œThe Bare Necessities, — € and the freewheeling — €œI Wan’na Be Like You — €! A thrilling story for all ages, THE JUNGLE BOOK is an absolute necessity for your video collection.