Run time: 77 mins
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, The Jungle Book is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was the last to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during the production. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Balloo the bear try to convince him into leaving the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.
“I thought you were entertaining someone up there in your coils” purrs nasty tiger, Shere Khan, (the glorious and unmistakable voice of George Sanders) while Kaa the Snake endeavours to squeeze Mowgli the Man Cub into his horrible clutches. This animated Disney/Kipling feature is the last to be supervised by Big Walt himself. It is chock full of laid back lines (with Phil Harris’s Baloo the bear, getting the best). Together with great early stop-frame knockabout animated gags and eternal songs… “It’s a slight tale with the characters and songs are pretty much perfect for viewing time and again.” (Empire) It is delicious from start the finish. Don’t miss a single beat… “Ooobe do…”