Music Movies - The Jungle Book

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Comments (57)
  • trlkly
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    You do realize that Mowgli was played by a real little kid, right? He did an awesome job, considering. Also the voice of Sher Khan didn't sing that part. It was just the bass of the quartet. So he still didn't get even a bit of a song. :(

    Another bit: Disney had them redraw that girl multiple times until she was attractive enough that you'd believe that Mowgli would give up everything he'd been doing the entire movie just for her. He actually called the final version "hot."

    Finally, I never noticed before that you jump out of order with your stuff. It made even the plot synopsis interesting because, even though I know this movie backwards and forwards, I had no idea what you were going to say next.
  • ohe  - He did an awesome job, considering.
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    Considering what, exactly? The stupidity of the decision to rely on a little kid to do a paying gig?
  • EpicFish
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    Considering he was going through puberty maybe? I don't know really. I've heard different things that this movie and Disney's Sword in the Stone had one big thing in common which was they had to get multiple child voice actors for Mowgli and Wart because the voices of the original actors "changed" during production. I believe it as far as SitS goes as you can hear Wart's voice changing back and forth in that movie (plus IMDb credits three different actors as Wart) and not such much for Mowgli in the Jungle Book.
  • The Battousai
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    Would you be referring to the great Thurl Ravenscroft?

    http://www.imdb.com/name/ nm0712391/?ref_=tt_cl_t4
  • cbot1
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    wow you just made Winnie the Pooh way too dark for me to show to future kids :P
  • TheAngryAnimeAddict
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    I just love Jungle Book. There's such a sincerity to it.

    And I go foaming mad for that SWEEET SWEET TRUMPET in the soundtrack.
  • Pseudowolf
    1776? Aw, hell yeah!
  • L2
    Woah woah woah woah! ... Woah.

    Was that some Persona 3 soundtrack I heard at the very end?
  • ChickNTheBox
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    Indeed it was. :) One of my favorite songs too, even though I do vastly prefer Person 4 in all aspects.
  • L2  - @ChickNTheBox
    So do I. I love Persona 4, but I also give lots of love to Persona 3 too.
    It's funny how Paw and Little Kuriboh likes using their soundtracks.
    Makes me remember just how popular the games and music in them are.
  • MoonSagi  - 1776?!?
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    WOOT! "1776" is one of my favorites. Can't wait for your analysis. Poor John Adams...
  • Canis Minor
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    Shere Kahn actually did have a song in an earlier draft of the script.

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=UdXts3TGncQ

    Honestly, I'm kind of disappointed this wasn't included in the final cut.
  • FactorFiction  - Wait, what?!
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    I know this might be an odd thing to comment on but, that Scarecrow of Romney Marsh or whatever, was an actual movie?!

    I used to read short little comics about that in Disney Magazines I used to get when I was a kid! I had no idea it was based off of a movie!

    Now I need to go watch it!
  • Carteeg_Struve
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    The Scarecrow is one of my wife's favorite Disney films. (She's a big Patrick McGoohan fan.)
  • rowdycmoore
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    Okay show of hands. How many had that same album and played it non stop on their Fisher Price turntable record player?
  • DeDreamer
    I vaguely remember The Jungle Book movie. My mother read me a bunch of Rudyard Kipling stories and I remember those much more vividly, including the often creepy illustrations.

    Was anyone else seeing double on the Jungle Book clips? What causes that?
  • fanime1
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    I wouldn't say double, more like it gets blurry when something moves. From my experience, it could be that the clips were converted correctly when ripped from a DVD.
  • ladydiskette
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    I remember the character of Ka being in "Robin Hood" as well.


    The Jungle Book didn't catch my eye story wise as the other Disney movies did back then when I was first introduced to it, to me, I used to think nothing really happened until I got a bit older and understood what the overlying plot was in all its clever subtlety. However, like anything combining animated movies and animals, I still watched it since the movie isn't really all that bad, it had nice songs to make up for the singular plot in my honest opinion.
  • Rising Advent
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    Man my sister LOVES THE SHIT OUT OF 1776!
  • ladydiskette
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    I remember the character of Ka being in "Robin Hood" as well.


    The Jungle Book didn't catch my eye story wise as the other Disney movies did back then when I was first introduced to it, to me, I used to think nothing really happened until I got a bit older and understood what the overlying plot was in all its clever subtlety. However, like anything combining animated movies and animals, I still watched it since the movie isn't really all that bad, it had nice songs to make up for the singular plot in my honest opinion.

    Also I was hoping that Paw would bring up the Vultures/Beatles link. I rented the movie in one of the special features it mentioned how the Vultures were originally suppose to play a Beatles song but it was changed at the last minute for some reason. After hearing what song they originally had, I have to admit, I was disappointed since it was pretty good.
  • Dacilriel
    Yay, I love 1776!

    It would have been extremely difficult to make a child-appropriate adaptation of The Jungle Book so I'm not surprised that they changed a lot, but it would have been nice if they'd tried to follow it just a little bit.

    Interesting tidbit: Baloo and Bagheera's personalities were sort of switched. In the book Baloo was very serious about Mowgli learning to be safe in the jungle and Bagheera was more inclined to be lenient and let him play around.
  • Skoonie
    I hate to break it to you, Paw, but Baloo's scat lines in "I Wanna Be Like You" were added after the song was completed. Phil Harris didn't show up for the initial recording of the song, so Louis Prima and his band did the initial scat track. When Phil heard it, he said it didn't sound like anything he would do, so they redubbed it before they moved on. Loved this movie so much as a kid :)
  • Zodia195
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    This was actually one of my least fav Disney movies due to my intense dislike of the main char, Mowgli. I cannot stand him! I enjoyed the other chars though and I had no idea that several of the voice actors from Winnie were in this movie.

    This review was better and at least you covered all the songs, but I still wish you gone in order of the movie though because that's how you use to do it. Nice review though. I am surprised you didn't mention that this was the last movie with Walt's impute before his death.

    FYI, Rudyard Kipling and I share the same birthday lol. Just different years haha.
  • Zandrous
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    Ah Jungle Book. Brings back good memories from when I was a kid. BTW loved the use of the music from Persona 3 during the ConBravo announcement. Made me smile. Good episode sir.
  • Me Wise Magic
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    Great animated film. I agree that I Wanna Be Like You is a kickass tune! So much energy in it. Then there's that unnecessary sequel that came out years later.
  • kushtaka78
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    Barbershop....the Beatles.....


    Is THAT where The Simpsons got their idea???


    I cannot go to Con Bravo. I'll be at TFCon.
  • fanime1
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    I do like Jungle Book, but not many people I knew did. Most people I know found it boring or something. I still liked it, being an animal lover and all.
    P.S. Am I the only one bothered that a woman's voice is coming from what looks to me a preteen's body? That bothered me even as a kid.
  • dougfranckwolf  - The Sherman Brothers
    Hey Paw,
    Just had to drop a comment. I am married to the daughter of Richard Sherman, the surviving brother of the Sherman Brothers. He loved this movie very much and would agree that Bare Necessities is an awesome song. Its the one that everyone always tells him is their favorite Sherman Brothers song from Jungle Book. But when he performs and is interviewed, he always gives proper credit to Terry Gilkyson.

    Great review as always,
    D.F.W.
  • aks12  - Excited!!!
    Great review as always. I was never really a fan of this film except for Baloo. Ironically, I was familiar with "Tail Spin" before "The Jungle Book."

    I am BEYOND EXCITED that you are reviewing "1776" next!!!! That is one of my all time favorites. I have seen the stage production three times and have lost count on how many times I've seen the film. Really looking forward to seeing your take on that one!
  • ColeYote
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    Well, let's test your theory.
    Age: 20
    Tolerance for nostalgia: minimal
    Personal golden age for Disney: uh... early-to-mid 90s?

    I'm gonna be honest, I wasn't fed too many of what people consider the classic Disney movies as a kid. At least, not that I can remember. Not counting stuff from 2000 onwards or Pixar, the only ones I have vivid memories of (fond or otherwise) are Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Rescuers Downunder and Aladdin.
  • LikaLaruku
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    For me Disney had 3 golden ages; live action movies (1960s), animated movies (1940s), TV programming (1990s). (40s because of 3 Caballeros, Make Mine Music, & Fantasia).

    Look at those gorgeous backgrounds...So much nicer than CG.

    Hormones? Psh! Those kids are like 8 year old tops.

    Is Bedknobs & Broomsticks on that dart board?

    Speaking of Nostalgia Chick, she & Todd & Elisa & Hope & Kaylin & Benjamin & Julian & Will sure haven't submitted much this year. A lot of people have left the past two years, so it worries me.
  • Superior Hipster  - Bedknobs and Sequels
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    FINALLY, somebody else has seen Bedknobs & Broomsticks, I loved that as a kid!

    As for the Jungle Book, I way preferred Robin Hood, and the Sword in the Stone, I still enjoy that wizard duel! I thought the Jungle Book was boring, but I have to admit, the sequel (I know, I know)...I kind of enjoyed, except Shanti (the girl) was voiced by Mae Whitman, who did Katara, so for some reason I found that distracting.

    Nice review! (YOUR HEADPHONES COME OFF?!)(Where IS the Nostalgia Chick???)
  • IanFisch
    Paw you're the only reason I keep coming back to this site (now that Nostalgia Chick seems to be absent).

    Please keep it up! You're awesome!
  • Swanpride
    Well, official there is:
    The Disney Golden Age (Snow White to Bambi)
    interrupted by the war and the Package Movie era followed by the
    Silver age which is basically the 1950, beginning with Cinderella and ending on a bang with Sleeping Beauty.
    The time after is seen as the dark age (and the Jungle book is one of the few movies of the era with really good animation...but that's because it was Disney's Pet Project) until the Disney Renaissance started in 1989 with The Little mermaid...most people say it lasted through the whole 1990, making Tarzan the last movie out of the era, but that's certainly debatable. Either way, it follows an era in which Disney is in "decline"...and currently, we are in the "new era", which some say started with Bolt, other with PatF, but I would give Tangled the honour.
    BTW: The Disney villain song is very, very much a thing of the Disney renaissance, a tradition which started with the pre-renaissance movie The Great Mousedetective. Prior to Rattigan, you won't find many villains who sing at all, and when they do, it's normally played for laughs...."Trust in me" is a big exception (though I think it's more funny than menacing, too).
  • motormind
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    How do you always hit the stickers? Wouldn't it be more likely to hit the space between them?
  • Nekoshema
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    always thought Sterling played Hiss in Robin Hood but apparently it wasn't him, it was Terry Thomas. though Sterling Holloway did play [uncredited] Mr. Stork in Dumbo.

    i loved The Jungle Book as a kid, probably watched it too much because i can't sit through it anymore. [half because i get bored, half because the VHS starts to cut out before the vultures scene.] awesome review, now i've got Bare Necessities in my head.
  • Nidoking
    I thought the movie made it pretty clear that Shere Khan hated humans because they could create fire, the only thing he feared, and he had no intention of letting Mowgli grow up and learn the secret. It makes you wonder what would have happened if Mowgli had been able to give King Louie the secret... war between the tigers and the primates? *crumples up fanfic paper*
  • Eric76ss
    there WHERE 2 golden ages, its not a matter of there being a truer one
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