The Jungle Book (1942)

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A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.


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17 March 2009 | ma-cortes
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| Glimmer and stunning adaptation with sympathetic characters and colorful outdoors
Based on Rudyard Kipling's known classic , it concerns about a little boy named Mowgli (Sabu). He's living in an Indian village with his warmhearted mum (Rosemary DeCamp). But he's lost and raised by a wolf pack . Along the way he encounters a variety of jungle animals , including a complete menagerie , such as the ferocious black panther named Bagheera , the evil tiger named Shere Khan , the Croc , the bear, elephant , monkeys... Mowgli stays among his animals friends . He takes on a jungle journey and knows the location of a hidden treasure ; then three of the village men (Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Puglia) follow him and many adventures ensue .

This lavish version of the great classic displays adventures, fantasy , exotic atmosphere , and breathtaking scenarios . This is the first acting to the young Indian actor named Sabu , he followed a Hollywood 's successful career : ¨The thief of Bagdad, Elephant boy and Arabian nights¨ . Rudyard Kipling's two Jungle Book anthologies comprise fifteen stories, four of which were used is this film: "Mowgli's Brothers," "How Fear Came ," "Tiger! Tiger!," and "The King's Colorful cinematography by Howard Greene and Lee Garmes in shimmer Technicolor with matte shots that make some landscapes look like they were added with magic markers . Exotic and oriental musical score by the great master Miklos Rozsa . It was the first film for which original soundtrack recordings were issued . This big budgeted movie is well made by Korda family . Vincent Korda created the impressive sets , Zoltan Korda directed brilliantly this familiar story and magnificent production by Alexander Korda . A must see for children of all ages. Adults will find the picture a little boring , but the younger to be amused.

Other adaptations about the vintage tale are the followings : the Walt Disney animated classic version by Wolfgang Reithman (1969) and its sequel (2005) , and in the 90s , a beautifully and enchanting filmed version , live-action by Stephen Sommers with Jason Scott Lee, Lena Headley and Sam Neill .

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