It cannot be achieved mechanically, or by copying, or by wishful thinking, but only the careful build-up, understanding, and a love for the characters. Combining spectacular widescreen images of rain forests, watering holes and crumbling temples, a couple of human actors, and realistic mammals, birds and reptiles that nevertheless talk, joke and even sing in celebrity voices, the movie creates its own dream-space that seems at once illustrated and tactile.
Who knows what Uncle Walt would have made of that. Popular Blog Posts. Advertisement But the film is never content to use our affection for its voice actors as a storytelling crutch.
Bagheera stops him, and he and Mowgli go to sleep. Email Address Subscribe Please share! From the opening sequence of young Mowgli Neel Sethi racing through the jungle in the company of his adoptive wolf family and his feline guardian, the black panther Bagheera Ben Kingsleythrough its comic setpieces with the layabout Baloo the Bear Bill Murray and its sinister interludes with the python Kaa Scarlett Johanssonthe despot orangutan King Louie Christopher Walkenand the scarred Bengal tiger Shere Khan Idris Elbathe movie bears you along on a current of enchantment, climaxing in a thunderous extended action sequence that dazzles while tying off every lingering plot point, and gathering up all the bits of folklore, iconography, and Jungian dream symbols that have been strewn throughout the story like Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumbs.
When I get tired of this craft imitating live action with little to no deviation, I pick up this old classic. As Mowgli realizes what happens, he argues that he wants to stay in the jungle.
Not pictured: the painstaking hours it took to get to that point. Favreau leans on distinctive-sounding stars to earn knowing chuckles from the audience, and lets some of their familiar physical and facial tics seep into the animal "performances": Murray is a shambling pleasure-seeker in life as well as in many of his movie roles.
She raises him along with her own cubs and Mowgli soon becomes well acquainted with jungle life. I mention all this not because I consider the film's lack of music a shortcoming, but because it gives some indication of how gracefully this "Jungle Book" juggles the competing interests of parents and kids.
Both scenes display elegant phrasingare immeasurably creative and are executed to perfection.