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3.6
2,270 Ratings

The Jungle Book

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
United States, 1967
Animation, Comedy, Adventure

Synopsis

Raised by a family of wolves, a young boy who has grown up in the wild tries to leave the jungle for human civilization in this Disney musical adaptation of the beloved stories of Rudyard Kipling.

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The Jungle Book Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1968 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Song

Gijón International Film Festival

1968 | Winner: Best Feature Film for Children

Critics reviews

Viewed 50 years later, The Jungle Book isn’t quite good enough to earn a spot alongside the original greats. . . . In the end, what draws Mowgli out of the jungle and back to the civilized world is, you guessed it, a girl—“Shanti,” who just might be the worst female character in the history of Disney cartoons.
December 06, 2017
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A definite product of its time, THE JUNGLE BOOK claims a divisive legacy—on one hand, it’s adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s racist and colonialist novel…, and its King Louie character, an ape voiced by Italian-American entertainer Louis Prima, is undeniably stereotypical. On the other, it’s evocative of its era; one defined by racial tension, anti-colonialist fervor, and distinct music styles such as bebop and British pop.
October 20, 2017
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I remember my surprise as a teenage cinephile on reading that Janis Joplin considered “The Jungle Book” the best movie of 1967. (What, not “Point Blank”?!) It would be some decades before I actually saw “The Jungle Book,” in the company of three grade schoolers, and grasped the hipster appeal embodied by the shambolic, jive-taking Baloo, described by the judgmental Bagheera as a “shiftless jungle bum,” and especially the scat-singing orangutan King Louie.
February 21, 2014
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