The Jungle Book (Animated)

Movie review by
Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.
  • G
  • 1967
  • 78 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 26 reviews

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The movie has positive messages about friendship, responsibility, and finding family in unexpected places.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4-year-old Written byElfrieda August 16, 2014

too violent for preschoolers

We've been searching for movies to share with my 4yo, and from my memory, this is a sweet movie. But it was just not okay for my son. It starts out with... Continue reading
Parent Written bysusieee March 18, 2014

Fun but... includes child abduction, fighting, scary scenes

I loved this movie as a kid, so it was one of the first movies we showed to our son, since there were no "inappropriate" ratings. Afterwards, I though... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAGClyde June 10, 2021

Jungle Jazz

Jungles, jazz, and joy, that's my kind of classic! It's really good and not that violent (hence the G rating). Although the whole Sher Khan trying to... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by27Moose May 18, 2021

Perfect Disney Movie for the Whole Family

Animated classic family friendly movie with great music and colorful scenes. Very little violence but appropriate for children 4+. Live action remake, though, i... Continue reading

What's the story?

The 17th Disney animated feature and the last film supervised by Walt himself, THE JUNGLE BOOK is a charmer. Based on Rudyard Kipling's story, the movie tells the tale of Mowgli, the "man cub" found by benevolent panther Bagheera, who tucks the baby boy safely away with a family of wolves. Mowgli grows up happy, living in the jungles of India. But the jungle won't be safe for him once the tiger Shere Khan finds out here's there. So wise Bagheera (voiced by Sebastian Cabot) begins leading Mowgli toward civilization -- whether he wants to go or not. Along the way the pair encounters hypnotic snake Kaa (Sterling Holloway), an army of elephants, and, much to Bagheera's dismay, Baloo the bear (Phil Harris), a lovable "jungle bum" who temps Mowgli with his laid-back, "Bare Necessities" life. But when the two ditch Bagheera, life isn't all fun and games. Crazy orangutans (including their jazzy king, Louis Prima) run off with Mowgli and Shere Khan is hot on his trail. It'll take the unlikely team of Bagheera and Baloo to keep Mowgli safe.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the music. What was your favorite song? What do Baloo's "Bare Necessities" song and "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King have in common?

  • How does Baloo's love of good music get him into trouble?

  • Why does Bagheera worry when he finds out Baloo and Mowgli have teamed up?

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