Movie of the Week: The Jungle Book (1967)

Wolfgang Reitherman directs Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot and George Sanders in this perfect Walt Disney classic that adapts Rudyard Kipling’s adventure stories.

Going to be a difficult one to write cleanly about this as I have just flat out loved The Jungle Book since I was a little kid. I love the road movie, ‘who will we meet next?’, looseness of the narrative. Bagheera and Balloo’s chemistry. The be-bop, scatting jump blues of The Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You. Louis Prima really rips that famous number. All the villains are iconic. George Sander’s classy Shere Khan and the devious Kaa. I just adore it, it opens up the boyhood magic within me and I’m sure everyone has their Disney favourite that does the same for them too.


Perfect Double Bill: The Jungle Book (2016)

My wife and I do a podcast together called The Worst Movies We Own. It is available on Spotify or here

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