This year’s The Jungle Book is a visually stunning adaption of the Disney classic. This version stays true to the original, and all of the characters and songs that we loved as children are there – they have just morphed from animation to live action. The setting is breathtaking, and the viewer falls in love with the jungle as the camera sweeps across the never-ending exotic greenery of Mowgli’s home.
The story centers on Mowgli leaving the jungle because of his enemy, the tiger Sher Kan, and we follow Mowgli on his quest to find the man-village and find a home there. We watch as he meets various friends – and some enemies – along the way. While his wolf pack discouraged his use of human “tricks”, his friend Baloo (the bear) encourages them. By the end of the movie he has learned that his human intellect is his greatest asset.
The Jungle Book Movie Quotes
There are some memorable quotes in this film. His wolf father Rashka tells him, “If you can’t learn to run with the pack you’ll eventually be someone’s dinner.” This is as he trains him on the art of the chase. There are many laughable moments with Baloo, the first being when he tells Mowgli to “just shimmy on up there and get the thing making the funny noise.” That “thing” is a honeycomb and the “funny noise” is the buzzing of the surrounding bees. Baloo very much downplayed the probability of bee stings in order to use Mowgli’s human “tricks” to help him get his coveted honey.
Another time the audience was laughing out loud was when Baloo says to his meddling friend, “You have never been more of an endangered species than you are right now.” The audience is moved when Mowgli is reunited with his family and everyone in the jungle begin to chant, “The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” The view is left thinking about love, family, and the power of people (or wolves) sticking together.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the modern take on this much-loved classic. My nine-year old daughter gave it five out of five stars, and I would have to say that I agree.
Disney’s Jungle Book is in theaters everywhere TODAY!
–Contributor: This article is written by my friend and contributor, Lindsey!