We’re heading back to childhood. Well, that’s what Disney does best, isn’t it? Taking us adults back to childhood, and helping our young ones stay there just a bit longer?
This weekend Disney released their latest live action movie, based on a previous animated classic, which was based on a book by Rudyard Kipling, “The Jungle Book”. Now this isn’t the latest animated tale to get a live action makeover, this isn’t the first time either that Disney has done a live action “The Jungle Book“; here are the others that have gotten the makeover just recently: “Alice in Wonderland”, “Maleficent” and “Cinderella”. This will not be the last one though either for Disney (either they are out of ideas, or technology has caught up enough to make these once animated classics into live action standouts): “Pete’s Dragon” (technically not 100% animated), “Through the Looking Glass”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cruella”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Dumbo”, “Mulan”, “Pinocchio”, “Winnie the Pooh” (worked for “Paddington”), “Tink”, “Night of Bald Mountain” (think “Fantasia”), “The Sword in the Stone”, “Aladdin”, “Prince Charming” and “Mary Poppins” (again, not technically 100% animated)…so, almost the entire Disney classic vault, minus “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”.
Has technology caught up though? Is this live action remake worthy of the classic? Is this movie going to bring back all kinds of childhood feels? Time shall tell, but here is the Small Town Movie Watcher’s initial thoughts on “The Jungle Book”
The Small Town Movie Watcher, Kids went out over the weekend and had a chance to watch “The Jungle Book” as well. I did say in my review that I didn’t think that it was safe yet for my kiddos, but the tickets were free. See, that’s another nice thing about small town America; free movies at the theater. This was a first run movie that had only been out for a couple of weeks, and it included free small popcorn and small drink; very nice. Granted it was sponsored by a local company and you had to sign in with a phone number and email address, so I’m sure we signed up for some sort of a pitch in the future.