“Many strange tales are told of this jungle, but none so strange as the tale of the cub we call Mowgli.”
“the bear necessities of life”
“I wanna be like you oo oo”
So I’m hoping that everyone remembers there was a Jungle Book done a long time ago that is a rocking great cartoon. This isn’t that one.
I tried so hard to forget the classic version but then the songs started and it just wasn’t the same. Why did they need the songs??
Neel is great. Really great. He brings the whole thing to life and you even forget that the entire film rests on his shoulders as he effortlessly talks to animations and interacts with green screen. Fantastic actor.
Bill and Ben are great companions and fit well with the animations – or perhaps they fit well with Bill and Ben. Scarlett and the other players are all ok although I didn’t think Idris was very powerful. Perhaps he’s not good being cooped up in a sound box. However the whole feeling was that no one stood out and that some scenes were there because they had to be, not because they added anything. King Louie was one of those and yes, I know it’s in the story but it all felt very contrived and that’s not something you want from a film.
The big question is why. Why was this done in the first place and why add the songs?
I guess kids will like the bright, silly images but I don’t think there’s many adults that will be bothered to see it again and that brings up the question of why bother in the first place.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Hug for Neel.