The Jungle Book
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The final animated feature produced under the supervision of Walt Disney is a lively neo-swing musical, loosely based upon the tales of Rudyard Kipling. The story takes place in a tropical jungle where people are conspicuously absent. But one day Bagheera the Panther (voice of Sebastian Cabot) discovers a baby in the wreck of a boat. Feeling pity on the child, Bagheera takes him to be raised with the wolves. Ten years later, the child has grown into Mowgli (voice of Bruce Reitherman). Mowgli discovers that his life is in danger because of the return to the area of Shere Khan the Tiger (voice… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The standout song goes to Harris, a rhythmic 'Bare Necessities' extolling the value of a simple life and credited to Terry Gilkyson."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Here's yet another animated feature from Disney's mostly barren stretch between its two golden ages, a film that plays better in nostalgia-tinged memories than in the here-and-now."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Every one of the bunch is memorable, and each plays gracefully into the action of the film."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media
"It's a slight tale, of course, and incredibly short, but the characters and songs are pretty much perfect viewing time and again."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A serious disappointment, recommended only for inveterate Disney fans and very young people."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Disney's grandniece recently cast aspersions on the picture, but I don't share her pessimism."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Disney had perhaps the clearest vision of any creative talent in Hollywood, and 'The Jungle Book' is the last project with which he was personally involved. Though he died before it hit theaters, he would have been proud of the final cut."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"By far the most contemporary in expression and attitude of any Disney animated feature to that time."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Ridiculously entertaining."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"It's also got great knockabout visual gags, mercifully little cutey-poo sentiment, and reasonable songs."
‑ , Time Out
"[Blu-ray Review] Looking and sounding like a million bucks (or more) and full of exhaustive bonus content new and vintage, the Blu-ray release of "The Jungle Book" is a must-own for anyone who loves animation, the Walt Disney studio, or film in general."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"...a sporadically entertaining yet hopelessly uneven bit of animated filmmaking."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A witty animated feature from Disney based on the famous Rudyard Kipling stories."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"With an ensemble cast of memorable characters, catchy tunes and lots of zaniness, it's hard not to love the Kipling adaptation."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
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