The Jungle Book

Title: The Jungle Book
Year: 1967
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

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent) Huge potential, mostly spoiled by forcing contrived conflict into the relationships.
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:3/4 (Good) Would have been much better if they’d had the Shermans write something better than Gilkyson’s “Bare Necessities.”
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (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).
Objective Rating (Average):2.7/4 (Good)


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