The Jungle Book (Reitherman, 1967)
I was born and raised a Disney child and I never have grown out of it. Despite this, it has been a while since I’ve seen almost all of the classic animated Disney movies I grew up with. So I have decided I want to watch them all again – in order of release. When I finish, I will rank them all, and hand out my number scores from there.
Again, much improved upon a watch as an adult. The Jungle Book is simple in story and in content, but still a fun watch. While it’s nothing more than a couple of days in the life of Mowgli as he tries to avoid his departure from jungle life and transition to the man village, he runs into a large number of interesting and exciting jungle animals. There are some who truly want to befriend him, and others who want to exploit him, but he bounces from character to character in a way that keeps the story moving and never feels choppy.
My biggest problem with the movie is Mowgli and Baloo’s relationship. I guess as a kid you don’t notice this, but Baloo is awfully attached to Mowgli after about 10 minutes of singing, scratching, and floating down a river. He even cries to Bagheera about how much he loves the kid when he goes missing. Perhaps Baloo should have been written as a long-time friend of Mowgli’s or something. As it is I kept wondering why this bear cared so much about this kid. Yeah, this is really nit-picky, sorry. 6.5/10