Last night, we had a belated FHE and our family went to go see the movie Jungle Book. Now let me say this, I LOVE the Disney cartoon vision of Jungle Book. I loved it as a child, and loved it even more when Tyson, as a child, was the very embodiment of Mowgli. SO-- the bar was set pretty high.
I've been watching the promotional interviews for this movie in the last few weeks. They worked in that I got more and more excited to watch it! The trailers were awesome, giving just enough of a glimpse into this movie, that I was intrigued to see if they really could meld the old with the new.
With that being said, they did a great job! I LOVED this movie. Love, love, love. Seriously. I cannot say it enough. I loved that they included some of the old songs, to the fun casting of voices for each character. When I was an interview with the boy who plays Mowgli, he said that he spent most of his time filming with a green screen, so he was truly making up all of the scenery, what the other characters were doing, and their lines, in his head! What?! This little guy is a great actor.
There are some differences from the cartoon movie. At first, I was like, um, that's not how the movie goes.... this should happen first...... I was really sad that they didn't use one of my favorite songs from the old movie, "We Are Friends" sang by the vultures, but then, I just started to let go of the old movie, and just enjoy the new. It worked, and I just enjoyed the new movie.
Go see it! It is well worth the price of the ticket! It has a couple of intense scenes, and there are times when things pop out at you, so you might want to think about whether or not your youngest children should go to see this. I probably wouldn't take anyone that can't take an intense scene.
Now I'm nostalgic for the cartoon Mowgli, and the little Mowgli I had in my life.
Just for your enjoyment, and for mine too, a little Jungle Book through back: