The Jungle Book (1942)

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

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  • Joseph Calleia in The Jungle Book (1942)
  • Rosemary DeCamp and Sabu in The Jungle Book (1942)
  • Rosemary DeCamp in The Jungle Book (1942)
  • Sabu in The Jungle Book (1942)
  • Rudyard Kipling in The Jungle Book (1942)
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8 June 2012 | Leofwine_draca
| Colourful, eventful jungle adventure
Here we have a glorious Technicolour adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling stories, nowadays forgotten after being eclipsed by Disney's cartoon film of 1967. Its status is ill-deserved, however, as this turns out to be a thrilling and eventful movie along the same action-packed lines as THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.

It's hardly surprising, given that the two films share both Zoltan Korda as director and Sabu as star. THE JUNGLE BOOK serves as a loose adaptation of a handful of the original Mowgli stories, featuring all the animal characters that Kipling made famous and integrating them into a storyline that's very much of its era.

Once the Tarzan-like jungle adventures are dispensed with, the plot involves a trio of greedy hunters and their quest for a mythical city of gold. Along the way, there are plenty of animal encounters which utilise some cutting edge technology for their day; those giant snakes still look impressive even now, and I'd for sure take them over lazy, modern-day CGI.

Overall the film has a pleasant and whimsical tone, and the bookend scenes involving an old beggar narrating the tale are very well handled. Sabu is in his element, and doesn't put a foot wrong, and there's enough drama to satisfy both child and adult viewers.

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