Jungle Book
Jungle Book (1942)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1942
DVD Release Date: May 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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TIME Magazine

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.

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TV Guide

Colorful Korda production, fine family fare.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a formless, often dull time, but the verdant Technicolor (shot by Lee Garmes) gives it a nice gloss.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Heavy going for all its beauty, but still superior to Disney's own live-action adaptation with Jason Scott Lee.

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Emanuel Levy

Many critics prefer the 1967 Disney version, but Korda's British production, which was nominated for 4 Oscars, is quite enjoyable.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Purists may worry that the film strays a little from Kipling's book, but the high production values, exotic locales and a grand sense of adventure ensure that this classic family fantasy film stands the test of time with ease.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Kids will like that Mowgli can talk to animals.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Anthony Valletta
One of the best tellings of this story.
Stella Dallas
sabu! :D
Sarah Prisbylla
I didn't pay attention to most of it - the parts I saw weren't bad.