A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
The movie has positive messages about friendship, responsibility, and finding family in unexpected places.
Positive Role Models
Many of the characters are self-serving or outright evil, but they don't succeed in the end -- those who do are the generous, caring ones.
Violence & Scariness
The final battle between Baloo and Shere Khan isn't explicit, but it ends with some potentially upsetting scenes. A burning branch is tied to Shere Khan's tail as he runs away. Kaa the sly snake tries to hypnotize everyone he meets but never manages to make a meal out of anyone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Jungle Book is a Disney classic with positive messages for kids about friendship and finding family in unexpected places. There are some scary and/or upsetting scenes, such as the final battle between Baloo (a bear) and Shere Khan (a tiger), but there's also lots of humor and catchy songs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Kipling's classic story has been thoroughly Disney-fied, but it remains a lively and engrossing adventure with jaunty animation and delightful jazz-inspired songs. The very catchy tunes and expert voice cast deliver lots of laughs. A perennial favorite, The Jungle Book teems with lush atmosphere, lovable jungle animals, and toe-tapping song favorites like "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You." Walt Disney's personal touch of cheerfully blending humor, heart, and music in a strong story dealing with life choices, is what elevates this movie. It's justifiably considered a classic despite the modest animation, which is pleasant but relatively streamlined in comparison to earlier Disney masterpieces.
The voice cast, many of whom were 1960s stars, adds considerably to the enjoyment. As the boisterous Baloo, Harris is a standout (he later provided the voice of the rascally O'Malley in The Aristocats). Memorable performances are also turned in by scat-singing Louis Prima as King Louie of the Apes, Disney veteran Sterling Holloway (the original Winnie the Pooh, and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland) as the hissing Kaa, and Sanders, whose every syllable deliciously drips with venom. Watch this one with your kids and you'll soon "forget about your troubles and your strife" as you sing along with Baloo and Mowgli.
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