The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Wolfgang Reitherman (1967)

75min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The last animated feature made under Walt Disney's personal supervision before his death, this barnstorming classic occupies a truly rewarding perch in the studio's history, repaying repeated releases in all formats, and ageing not a jot. Based on Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories, it drops the "Man Cub" into a jungle at first perilous, then welcoming, then perilous, and so on. As with all the best Disneys, there's a terrific voice cast that includes Phil Harris as Baloo the bear, Louis Prima as the scat-singing orangutan King Louie and George Sanders as the suavely villainous tiger Shere Khan. Many of the songs - such as I Wanna Be Like You and the Oscar-nominated The Bare Necessities - have become standards. The period's feathery drawing style abounds, and an all-round warmth pervades.

Summary

A boy is raised by animals in the jungle, leading a carefree life with his friends, a laidback bear and a wise panther. The return of a ferocious tiger who hates humans places the youngster's life in danger, and his friends must persuade him to return to the safety of his own people. Disney animated adventure based on Rudyard Kipling's stories, with the voices of Phil Harris and George Sanders.

Cast & Crew

Baloo Phil Harris
Shere Khan George Sanders
Bagheera Sebastian Cabot
Kaa Sterling Holloway
Mowgli Bruce Reitherman
King Louie Louis Prima
Col Hathi/Buzzie J Pat O'Malley
Flunkey Leo Delyon
Director Wolfgang Reitherman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's Music