Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Jungle Book

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Jungle Book

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

Directed by Jon Favreau (Disney, 2016)

Some stories are forever stories, narratives that stay with us because of their ability to capture an essential truth about who we are or who we want to be. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is one of those stories.

The acting and voice work of the Jon Favreau-helmed production lend the film considerable gravitas, but the real star of the film is the computer-generated animation. The animals, particularly tiger Shere Khan, move and talk so convincingly that you might wonder if real animals had extensive vocal training just for the film.

One of the few real humans in the film is Mowgli, played with natural pluck and loose gambol by Neel Sethi. Bill Murray voices sloth bear Baloo in a role that allows him to show offhis singing chops in a charming send-off to the 1967 version of "Bare Necessities." Counterpoint to that playfulness is orangutan King Louie, who Christopher Walken plays as a Marlon Brando-esque Colonel Kurtz, all shadows and threat (and cowbell, naturally). …

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