A solid and entertaining adventure that isn't the best adaptation of Kipling's novel but it comes close. The faults include the dated puppet work and the performances of just about everyone (except Sabu who does fine work here) but the beautiful Technicolor makes up for it.
This is THE technicolor showcase. Excellent cinematography and another wonderful performance by Sabu the great. Watch it with Korda's other fantasy masterpiece, The Thief of Bagdad for the ultimate techicolor double feature. Here's to hoping for a criterion blu-ray release for each!
Mostly solid iteration of The Jungle Book. The characters are in line with the themes of the story. The film is saturated with symbolism, which makes it a bit more interesting than your garden variety adaptation. The plotting does feel a little bit messy, however. And there are a few unfortunate implications, here and there. But the film stands well enough on its own. It's worth a watch.