(Notice: I did not receive anything for this review. My family paid for our own tickets. The views expressed here are my own. In addition, I try to list anything that may be offensive to anyone, but that does not mean that I find it offensive, or that you will find it offensive).
- Rudyard Kipling publishes a collection of stories entitled The Jungle Book in 1894. Some of the stories surround Mowgli, a man cub, who is raised by wolves in the jungle in India. Akela (wolf), Baloo (the bear), Bagheera (black panther), Shere Khan (tiger), Kaa (python), and more are found throughout the storyline. Kipling also released The Second Jungle Book in 1895 which feature more stories about Mowgli.
- In 1967 Walt Disney’s Animated Jungle Book is released. This was the last movie that Walt Disney had his hand in as he died during production. Certain liberties were taken with the storyline, and the film has upbeat music. While watching the movie, you may forget that Shere Khan is trying to kill Mowgli.
- In 1994 Walt Disney Pictures releases Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book which is a live-action film. It uses stories from both The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Kipling. The animals do not speak in this film.
- In 2003, Walt Disney’s Studios released a sequel to the animated classic, The Jungle Book 2. It does not follow the storyline of Kipling’s second book.
- On April 15, 2016, Walt Disney releases a Live-Action Film entitled The Jungle Book. In this version, the animals talk. It follows Kipling’s storyline more than the animated film. This film is not a musical, although some of the music from the animated classic is reproduced in this version.
In addition to Disney’s versions of The Jungle Book several other studios have produced films based on Kipling’s work throughout the past 70 years. Comic books, video games and more have been made after this classic story.
Brief synopsis: Mowgli, the man cub, is rescued by Bagheera after his father is killed by Shere Khan (the tiger). Mowgli is raised by the wolf pack. Shere Khan is determined to kill the man cub, and so Bagheera decides it is necessary for Mowgli to go back to his people.
The cast of the latest film includes:
- Neel Sethi as Mowgli
- Bill Murray as Baloo
- Ben Kingsley as Bagheera
- Idris Elba as Shere Khan
- Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha
- Scarlett Johansson as Kaa
- Christopher Walken as King Louie
- Garry Shandling (Garry died before the release of this film) as Ikki