Highlights: Overall it’s a cute Disney movie, I liked it, but it’s not one of my favorites. There are some fun characters, like Baloo and King Louie, and two really great songs. I haven’t actually read the stories by Rudyard Kipling, but my understanding is that they are not very similar. Apparently Walt Disney told everyone involved in the movie, “Don’t read the book. I want to do this my own way.” And I think it definitely worked. The ending is a good one – it works and it’s pretty darn cute.
Low points: To be honest I really just did not like Mowgli. I mean yes, he is a child, but he’s one of those annoying children that thinks they know everything and don’t want to listen to anyone else. So the entire time I’m watching, I keep saying things like, “stop being stupid, Mowgli! You probably should be afraid of that snake, if you know what’s good for you.”
Music: This is definitely The Jungle Book‘s strong point. There are so many good songs in this movie, from a variety of genres. You can King Louie’s jazz/scat number, “I Wanna Be Like You,” Baloo’s catchy “The Bare Necessities,” and the vultures’ Beatles imitation in “That’s What Friends Are For.” Only Kaa the snake’s song was rather weak (“Trust in Me”). We learned from the making of video that the entire movie was actually written, and then re-written because it was too dark. The only song that was kept from the original was “The Bare Necessities.”