If you don't like this, we can't be friends.
I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
'The Jungle Book (1967)' has an odd sort of structure, or lack of it, which leads to a lax pace and utter absence of urgency thats's evocative of an overall aimless experience. In the end, it's a somewhat lazy - and, indeed, somewhat lazily put-together (see the multiple pieces of readily apparent reused animation, sometimes just minutes apart) - slumber through extended but unexciting set-piece after set-piece that actually seems in dire need of a proper 'story' - that is, one with character arcs, proper conflict, rising tension and generally more traditional 'beats' - regardless of how closely if follows the events of its source material. The picture isn't devoid of merit, however, as it is a traditionally animated Disney movie and, no matter how stuffy or stiff it seems or how obvious its 'corner cutting' is, there's always a general sense of an unshakable charm, a feeling that the flick is a free-flowing story-book come-to-life like most of the studio's attempts usually are. A couple of song-and-dance scenes stand out not for their narrative merit - or even, particularity, their musical ones (though the songs themselves, sung solo, are certainly good and have stood the test of time) - but for their lively animation and cheerful choreography. These pop off the screen as sequences that deviate from the rest of the movie's slightly 'lower-rent' status and easily align themselves shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best of their peers, to the point that they feel like the only reason you'd ever actually watch the movie. Ultimately, there's little here. It's a decent if dull picture that plays it by-the-book and only has a couple of scenes that really stand out, as well as the odd quirk indicative of the style and time. 5/10
The Jungle Book ended Walt Disney's film career with a bad note. Throughout, the film was boring. Disney tried to make it funny when he had elephants acting like millitary commanders. With the rest of the film, he used singing to try to make it entertaining. He did a poor job. The overall plot was fine, but the manner of presenting it made it a boring film. Maybe toddlers would be amused by this, but I find boring. I would not recommend this film.
As the first film in Disney's Dark Age, The Jungle Book is nothing short of an experience for new moviegoers, who can appreciate a majority of the music, and movie veterans who can appreciate the timeless charm given out by the voice actors, like Louis Prima and Phil Harris. Minor bits of the animation are recycled (Mowgli getting cuddled by the wolves was copied from a similar scene in The Sword in the Stone, but unless you are a die-hard Disney fan like I border, it's unlikely you will notice). The humor hits almost every time, the action is stimulating, and the songs are nothing short of classic. While the 2016 version is better in my personal experience and opinion, I can still appreciate this for what it is: a relatively light-hearted musical comedy, compared to the dramatic thriller of the 2016 "remake". Either way, Rudyard Kipling would enjoy the film despite the changes made to the story to banish dark parts.
The Jungle Book is a great movie with a well written storyline and a stellar voice cast. Its filled with very lovable characters, which I think is the main highlight, the relationship between Mowgli and Baloo is very sweet, Shere Khan is a great villain and King Louie is simply a delight to watch. As far as plot goes, it is very weak in comparison to other Disney classics, its extremely straight forward, lacking any extra layers to make it a more compelling story, its simply following a boy who lives in a jungle, eventually being threatened by a tiger, and is eventually saved. The musical numbers are terrific, with the likes of "Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You" always being a pleasure to hear, they are catchy, upbeat and will leave you in a good mood. Though its story may be weak for todays standards, The Jungle Book is a fun, light hearted animation that the whole family can enjoy. A boy who lives in the jungle with his animal companions is threatened by a ferocious tiger.