Ben Oliver

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The Jungle Book

Man village? They’ll ruin him. They’ll make a man out of him.
16 April 2016

Hollywood has decided to re-make this so I thought I’d give the 1967 Disney animation another look before going into the new one.

It’s been many many years since I saw this but The Jungle Book is every bit as warm and charming as I remembered. It seems to pulse with a jazz-beat that sinks its claws into you and doesn’t let go. Something about the pace and style of animation as we follow Mowgli through the jungle makes the whole film just happily breeze by.

The production values aren’t quite that of the Disney classics from the 40s and 50s, but the catchy songs, excellent voice acting and concise, memorable script make The Jungle Book an all-time great.

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