Raised by wolves
in the Indian jungle Mowgli (Reitherman) is sent back to the man village
when the pack hears that Shere Khan (Sanders), a man eating tiger has returned
to the area. Panther Bagheera (Cabot) is entrusted with taking him to the
village but Mowgli doesn't want to go and when he meets Baloo the bear (Harris),
he wants to stay in the jungle even more. As the three have fun in the jungle
however, Shere Khan hears about Mowgli and decides he is going to be his
When it comes to
naming your favourite ever Disney animated movie one film instantly springs
to mind but is 'The Jungle Book' just as good forty years after its release?
beloved novel 'The Jungle Book' was a story crying out for the Disney animation
treatment and in 1967 they produced an adaptation that would become one
of the most beloved movies ever made. Setting the standard for traditional
animation, character design and musical numbers for years to come, 'The
Jungle Book' became the definition of a classic and one that all Disney
films would be compared with forever more.
With classics coming
both before and after, 'The Jungle Book' has continued to be a firm family
for one simple reason, the characters. The movie was the last supervised
by Walt Disney himself and bares little resemblance to the Rudyard Kipling
series of stories but he took the essence of the tales of Mowgli, Baloo
and Bagheera and transformed them into three of the beloved characters of
all time. We have the care free Baloo, hippy-like in his embrace of a carefree
lifestyle, spending all of his time chilling out and enjoying everything
life has to throw at him. Bagheera is the sensible, father-like figure that
knows the dangers of the jungle and is the voice of reason for the trio.
Mowgli, the man-cub and raised by wolves, wants nothing more than to stay
in the jungle and live with his newfound friend Baloo, living on the bare
necessities of life. But with Monkey King Louie, Kaa the boa constrictor
and the terrifying tiger Shere Khan all wanting the man-cub for themselves,
Bagheera has no choice except to take the young boy back to the man village.
Each character stays will stay with you for a very long time and become
firm animated favourite.
Another reason for
'The Jungle Book' been so beloved is the songs. While Disney has now moved
away from making musical oriented traditional animation and moved on to
computer generated, character driven pieces with songs as just part of the
soundtrack, just like any other movie, the songs and dance sequences in
'The Jungle Book' are some of the best they have ever produced. 'The Bare
Necessities', 'I wanna be like you', 'Colonel Hathi's March', 'Trust in
Me' and 'That's What Friends Are For' have all become the songs that every
other animated movie had to be compared with and one that everyone loved
watching and singing along to every time they watch the movie.
'The Jungle Book'
is the definition of a family movie and the best traditional animated movie
that Disney every produced. With characters that you instantly love and
songs that will stay with you for the rest of your life, this is a movie
that defies aging and is eternally brilliant. Now lets look for those bare
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1
Anamorphic with Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts soundtracks, the transfer is
Deleted Scene (6.36 mins)
Discover a deleted character 'Rocky the Rhino' and see where he should
have been in the final movie.
Music and More
'I wanna be like you' Music
Video (2.51 mins)
Watch the Jonah Brothers perform a modern version of the famous song.
Disney Song Selection
Watch and sing-a-long to 'Colonel Hathi's March', 'The Bare Necessities',
'I wanna be like you' and 'That's what friends are for', ever on their
own on during the movie.
Deleted Songs (20.44 mins)
Listen to the songs that didn't make it into the film, entitled 'Brothers
all', 'The song of Seeonee', 'The Bare Necessities (Demo Version)', 'Monkey
see, Monkey do', 'I knew I belonged to her', 'In a day's work' and 'The
Composer Richard M. Sherman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and the voice
of Mowgli Bruce Reitherman provide a chatty, fun and informative commentary
for 'The Jungle Book'. With archive commentary from people involved in
the original production of the classic movie and fascinating insights
into the production of the film, this is a track well worth listening
Ensuring a future for Wildlife
and Wild Places (3.35 mins)
See what Disney is doing with their conservation fund.
Previews of 'Disney Princess: Enchanted Tales', 'Pixar: Animation Collection',
'101: Dalmatians', 'Enchanted', 'Ratatouille' and 'Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse'.
The Bare Necessities: The
Making of the Jungle Book (46.27 mins)
Split into five 'Walt's lasting impression', 'King of the Jungle', 'Drawn
to the voices', 'The jungle beat' and 'The Last act', the featurette looks
at Walt Disney's last masterpiece with insights from the people who worked
on the classic and those it as influenced.
Disney's Kipling: Walt's
magic touch on a Literary Classic (15.02 mins)
This featurette looks at the differences between the original stories
by Kipling, Bill Peet's first take on the story and Walt Disney final
adaptation of the beloved classic.
The Lore of the Jungle Book
Disney animators talk about how 'The Jungle Book' influenced them and
how it when onto influence future classic like 'Aladdin', 'The Little
Mermaid', 'The Lion King', 'The Incredibles' and 'Tarzan'.
Mowgli's return to the wild
Bruce Reitherman talks about becoming a natural history cameraman and
filmmaker and talks about the career of his father, director Wolfgang
Frank & Ollie (3.47 mins)
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston discuss the character animation from the
View 'Visual development', 'Character design', 'Storyboard', 'Layout and
Backgrounds', 'Production Photo' and 'Publicity'
Baloo's Virtual Swingin'
Split into the sections entitled 'Kaa-Zen-Tration', 'Hathi's Boot Camp',
'Buzzard Shop Quartet' and 'Louie's Lounge', follow Baloo as he takes
you around the Indian jungle on another adventure.
See the animals and habitats of India that inspired the movie and the
The Jungle Book Fun with Language
Interactive fun with all of your favourite characters. Insert into your
DVD-ROM drive for even more fun.
The DVD package for the 40th
Anniversary of 'The Jungle Book' is one that will enthral fans of the
classic movie. With loads of information about the production of the film,
games for younger viewers and a good commentary track, this is an excellent
package and one that everyone can enjoy.
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