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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Mowgli's father killed by a tiger (off-screen), Mowgli subdues cobra and kills tiger with a knife, hunter kills cobra, fire in the forest, bad guys kill each other and person eaten by crocodile (not explicit).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this version is in sharp contrast with the Disney animated movie, with a real sense of the danger in the jungle and the different kinds of dangers in the "civilized" village. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Visually lush and striking (it was produced by some of the same people who made Thief of Bagdad), this version is in sharp contrast to the Disney animated movie. It has a real sense of the danger in the jungle and the different kinds of dangers in the "civilized" village.
Like other "fish out of water" stories, this movie provides an opportunity to deconstruct "civilization" a bit by looking at it from the perspective of an outsider. Mowgli compares of the values of the "wolf-pack" and the "man-pack," and finds it hard to understand why someone would take something of no inherent value (money) in exchange for something of value (a knife), or why someone would kill an animal to display its hide. Children will enjoy Mowgli's ability to talk to animals, and the way he treats them with respect and affection. He is clearly more at home with the animals than he is with the humans.
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