The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

DVD - 2016
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An epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self discovery, guided by panther turned stern mentor Bagheera, and the free spirited bear Baloo.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD J MOVIE JUN
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1, 2.0,rda
1 videodisc (106 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Aug 23, 2017

Growing up in Orlando created a love/hate Disney relationship for me; TH refused to believe I'd never watch a version of this movie. I'm happy to say I enjoyed it and would watch it again. The voice actors (as the animals) were wonderfully complex and engaging. May be too scary for the youngest of your family, but all in all an enjoyable film.

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PatEe
May 23, 2017

The film is excellently done, lavish in places. Unfortunately, the dialogue is lackluster. There is nothing that shines or is memorable in anything these characters have to say. Very disappointing that.

Library_Jill May 11, 2017

A lively retelling of The Jungle Book that sticks pretty close to Disney's original animated version, but still manages to breathe some fresh life into the classic story of the boy raised in the jungle. The wolf puppies had to be some of the absolute cutest things I have ever seen, and then in contrast, there were some surprisingly frightening moments, making the movie seem just overall more intense than the animated version. I was also very impressed by Mowgli's actor--especially after seeing some behind-the-scenes clips in the special features, and realizing that nearly everything surrounding him was blue-screen and CGI.

loonylovesgood Apr 19, 2017

Visually stunning, though I didn't like the ending as much as the animated one. The little boy is a great actor, though!

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wildct2003
Mar 11, 2017

OK film. Some of the special effects seemed a bit off, film did not seem to grab my attention.

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jferrerosa2
Mar 08, 2017

You're better off watching the original. It's quite a bit shorter and shows the same exact movie. I was really disappointed and the lack of originality. I mean they didn't even decide to change much of anything. This has to be one of the reasons why people stop liking Disney films. Don't watch it if you've seen the original!

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akzfineart
Feb 23, 2017

The CGI was fantastic and I really liked how they decided to tell the story. Every character brought a different emotion to the big screen and I loved, along with other adults in the theatre, hearing the soundtrack and score of a beloved classic. It really brings you back to your childhood. For those unfamiliar with the 1967 adaptation and even the book by Rudyard Kipling, this movie stands on its own.

There are some big differences between the two Disney versions. The biggest one is Mowgli’s place in the movie. The 1967 film is largely focused on Mowgli’s story while this one is just like the title: it’s about the jungle and Mowgli and all the creatures that live in it. We get to see more of the wolf pack as well as Shere Khan. I’ve always felt like how we saw him in the 1967 movie was brief and a bit cowardly – the viewer doesn’t truly see why the jungle is afraid of Shere Khan. Here, Shere Khan is fear and cruelty; Idris Elba is phenomenal when it comes to bringing such a character to life.

The cinematography deserves 5 stars. I felt like I was there and nothing has ever done that as well as Planet Earth (the BBC documentary). Actually, I’m curious if they used some footage from PE. I also liked that they used live-action to show natural events that might happen, things that have nothing to do with Man. You’ll watch animal stampedes, the dry season, the wet season, rock slides & flooding. The CGI is fantastic – the animals look real and the 3D aspect adds another layer. I can only imagine how much time and dedication goes into that. What’s interesting, with some animals you could tell they were CGI because of their expressions, like Bagheera and Baloo. There’s this humanity, which is amazing to watch. Others, like Shere Khan, well lets just say it’d be hard to tell him apart from the real deal.

There are some big differences between this version and the 1967 version. There are only two musical sequences and they’re pretty short. While they use the same music and score, it’s largely in the background, which I think fits better with a live-action adaptation. It’s harder to imagine real-life animals breaking into song. I did like that they could bring these songs back in different scenes as well as scenes that weren’t in the 1967 version. There was one musical sequence I didn’t like and it’s one of the only things I dislike about the movie. I’m not a 100% percent fan of the actor they chose for Mowgeli and I didn’t feel like he lived up to the musical aspect, but maybe that’s just me. Overall, it was still entertaining and I think every kid in the audience was enthralled.

Bagheera is a fantastic character, and the actor sets a precedent. Even when you only hear his voice, you know who he is. He’s taken up the job of being Mowgeli’s foster father, teaching him everything a man cub needs to know to survive in the jungle. This is something Mowgli struggles with, doing things like a wolf when you don’t have sharp teeth and claws. He comes up with clever alternatives, called tricks, which gets him into trouble with Bagheera. I loved Baloo! He brings the humour, just lazing around with not a care in the world. The actor was fantastic with this character.

One of the only things I had an issue with would be King Louie’s character and how he was brought to life. This character perhaps represents greed and lust, always looking for power and trying to climb up the food chain. He considers humans to be at the top and so is always looking for human things. He’s a giant orangutang living in ancient human ruins with his eye on fire, a human invention. I didn’t have a problem with that. However, King Louie takes on the role of an Italian mob boss and while it fits with the character and everyone laughed, I don’t know how I feel about westernizing a character from an Eastern work. I don’t feel like this character needs to be westernized to connect with the audience.

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kjellsummerland
Feb 22, 2017

My Husband & I really enjoyed this movie. Don't know if I would let any young child watch it as it scared me a couple of time. We are seniors and my husband did not really want to watch it but it was very enjoyable.

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sofa2001
Feb 15, 2017

I agree with many of you: It's not as good as the original, but still impressive. And I LOVE Scarlett Johansson's rendition of "Trust in Me". (Am I the only one thinking James Bond here?)

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kellykomm
Jan 25, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was! Neel Sethi was remarkable in not only his acting chops, but the fact that he pretty much carried this film alone due to all the CGI. Inclusion of the songs from the original cartoon was fun too.

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Jun 14, 2017

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Feb 23, 2017

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sofa2001
Feb 15, 2017

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Feb 08, 2017

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Nov 21, 2016

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Bakergirl_13
Oct 17, 2016

"Trusssssst in me...."

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2016

Tons of quotes in IMDb already as this one:

Bagheera: [tackles Mowgli to restrain him from fighting Shere Khan] Stay here!
Mowgli: [trying to push Bagheera's paw away] But I want to fight like the wolves!
Bagheera: You can't fight him like a wolf! You're NOT a wolf!
Bagheera: Fight him like a man!

But not this one yet:
I realise you weren't born a wolf, but couldn't you at least act like one?

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