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THE JUNGLE BOOK 1 & 2
FILM: The Jungle Book has been re-released on Blu-Ray with some more extras, but it is still the same film.
It remains the classic story of Mowgli, the man cub who befriends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, mortal enemy to tiger Shere Khan and the bane of monkeys everywhere.
The jazz soundtrack is catchy and the animation is lush and expressive.
The second film is nowhere near as good as the first, with Mowgli returning to the jungle several months after he started adjusting to village life. His new human best friend, Shanti – the girl who lured him out of the jungle in the first place – comes looking for him, despite her fear of animals.
The sequel will entertain the little ones, but there’s nothing original about it at all.
SPECIAL FEATURES: The best part about the Blu-Ray disc of Jungle Book 1 is the fascinating short documentary, Growing Up With Nine Old Men.
The documentary is about the core group of animators who worked for the Disney Studios from the 1930s. Specifically it looks at the charmed childhoods of the children of these animators.
There’s a deleted scene that intro- duces a lost character in Rocky the Rhino and the storyboard to an alternate ending which completely obviates the second film, so including that one may not have been the brightest idea.
The feature on Blake and G visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom make so much more sense if you know she is Genevieve Hannelius from Den Brother and he is Blake Michael from Lemonade Mouth. If that means anything to you, then watching the extras has an audience.
The special features on the second disc are as ho-hum as the second film itself – backstage at Disney and deleted scenes. – Theresa Smith