Title: The Jungle Book
Length: 78 minutes
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Writers: Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Ken Anderson & Vance Gerry, based on stories by Rudyard Kipling
Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Bruce Reitherman, George Sanders, Sterling Holloway, Louis Prima, J. Pat O’Malley
Music: George Bruns (score); Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman & Terry Gilkyson (songs)
Oscars: nominated for Best Song (“The Bare Necessities”)
I saw it: on video a few times, most recently yesterday (rented from Netflix)
Synopsis: a boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle is hated by a tiger
Characters: Huge potential, mostly spoiled by forcing contrived conflict into the relationships.
Music: Would have been much better if they’d had the Shermans write something better than Gilkyson’s “Bare Necessities.”
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, ). A reluctant seven. I’m not nuts about it, but it’s pleasant and has enough redeeming bits (like dancing monkeys, evil Sterling Holloway, and generally good character animation).
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