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Most self-respecting Disney fans maintain some fond memories of The Jungle Book, but how fondly should we really look back on the 1967 animated film? It’s considered a classic, and serves as the inspiration for this weekends awesome looking update, but you likely haven’t really given it a thorough viewing lately. Luckily for us, the folks at Screen Junkies have crafted an Honest Trailer for The Jungle Book to hilariously remind us of the movie’s flaws. Check out the video below to see for yourself.
Released on YouTube courtesy of the always-reliable Screen Junkies, the above video absolutely lays into the classic 1967 animated incarnation of Disney’s The Jungle Book. First focusing upon the fact that author Rudyard Kipling might not have had the most progressive outlook towards race, the video then focuses on the actual faults of the film itself. With unabashed enthusiasm, Screen Junkies goes into detail about how The Jungle Book really doesn’t have much in terms of plot; it’s mostly just a string of scenes tied together by an incredibly whimsy narrative about a young protagonist who’s actually pretty annoying.
Beyond that, the 1967 version of The Jungle Book apparently features some fairly lazy filmmaking. The video goes to great lengths to point out that not only does Disney recycle shots within the film itself, but it would go on to reuse those shots in several other iconic animated features of the era such as Robin Hood and 101 Dalmations.
Perhaps the most notably honest thing that the trailer points out about The Jungle Book is the fact that it shouldn’t necessarily be as iconic as people give it credit for. Yes, everybody loves "The Bare Necessities," but beyond that it’s incredibly difficult to pick out anything truly memorable from the film. Screen Junkies even make the bold assertion that most members of the audience likely wouldn’t be able to name a single song from the "classic" if someone held a gun to his or her head.
Of course, that’s just what the folks over at Screen Junkies do. At the end of the day, we all look back fondly on the original animated version of The Jungle Book for the nostalgia it generates within us. Considering the immense praise critics have begun to heap upon Jon Favreau’s latest incarnation of the iconic Disney story, we may in fact have new Disney classic on our hands already.
Even if you aren't a fan of the original 1967 version of The Jungle Book there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had here. It’s all in good fun, and has us incredibly excited to revisit Mowgli’s iconic adventure, which will hit theaters this weekend.