Hello Man Cubs!
Welcome to 2018!
Today I watched The Jungle Book for the first time in forever. I watched the new “live action” version when it came out, and I remember I watched it as a kid, but I haven’t seen it again in a very very long time.
Since watching it the last time (or even since watching the live action version) I actually read Rudyard Kipling’s’ The Jungle Book (because I’m a nerd, just wait ’til we get to Tarzan) and so it was a lot of fun watching it again with that in my back pocket.
I really enjoyed Baloo and Bagheera. (Honestly, I totally ship them as a couple raising Mowgli, but don’t tell anyone I said that). They both played off of each other really well, each being strict and fun at alternate times (with Bagheera being the more strict of the two). Each cared about Mowgli in their own way, and each wanted what was best for him and it was really cool to see that.
There was plenty of twerking in this movie, but not as much as in others so far (I’m looking at you, Bambi).
I would also like to address the girl with the water at the end (named Shanti in the sequel). Throughout the movie, we see Mowgli (and others) being hypnotized multiple times, specifically via Kaa (the snake). When we see Shanti, Mowgli gets the same exact look on his face, sans multi-colored eyes. He’s hooked. And while I think it a bit far-fetched to say a man-cub who said, no less than a million times throughout the movie, that he wants to stay in the jungle would just up and leave the jungle because of some pretty girl, I still think this shows the power us women have against the men in the world.
(Also, how does he know she’s pretty? He’s never seen another human! Earlier he says “I don’t even know what you’re talking about” when Baloo asks about marrying a panther, so we can assume he has no clue about relationships or anything, so why is he drawn to her so much?)—- But I have said before and I will say again, it is not my goal to poke holes here.
I also love how Shanti knows exactly right away that there’s a boy watching her. She knows before he does. She senses it, and all my ladies in the house know that feeling. She also knows that he’s close behind her so that when she drops the urn(? Vase?) he picks it up and follows her. (But wouldn’t that have been funny if he hadn’t? like she would have had to turn around and go get it and it would have been awkward and much more realistic, in my opinion).
As for Walt’s Legacy, this is the very last of the movies Walt himself saw to completion. The next one he had a big part in, but this is his last full project. This is shown by the “storybook opening” (i.e. a literal book opening at the beginning). No other Disney movie will have this again (until Enchanted, but that’s mostly live action and the entire point of it is to refer to older movies). I think, as far as movies go, this was great one to end on.
I’m sure Everybody, Everybody, Everybody Wants To tune in next time for Adventuring Through Disney episode 20!