Original Jungle Book trumps newest version


Caption: Bagheera (left) and Baloo (right) stroll off into the sunset during the last scene of The Jungle Book (1967)

Although “The Jungle Book” (1967) and “The Jungle Book” (2016) are based off of the same set of short stories, they could not be more different. The original version is a whimsical, lively, comedic experience whereas the newest version is intense, dramatic and suspenseful.

Similar to “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” has been remade with live-action instead of the outdated cartoons.

I appreciate the amazing CGI and acting included in the 2016 version, but nothing can live up to the original. Songs like “Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” will never fail to put me into a good mood.

These songs were incorporated into the 2016 version, but did not have the same effect. During the monkey scene, the king randomly started to sing “I Wanna Be Like You” but it was awkward and arbitrary. The newer version is simply not family-friendly like the original.

During some parts of the film where the scenes got too intense, there was a bit of ineffective comedy relief. For example, a line used in both movies was right before Bagheera (the panther) and Baloo (the bear) were going to save Mowgli (boy) from the monkeys.

“This will take brains, not brawns,” Bagheera said.

“You’d better believe it, and I’m loaded with both,” Baloo responded.

Although these exact same words were used in each film, I thought it was more powerful in the original.

A particular scene in the new version I didn’t like was when Shere Khan (the tiger) killed the leading wolf. The murder was malicious and frankly unnecessary.

It might just be because I remember the 1967 Jungle Book from my childhood, but the dramatic atmosphere of the new movie was quite unsettling.

However, one character I thoroughly enjoyed in the 2016 film was the king monkey. He was enormous, taller than the ancient ruins he lived in. A massive wall of monkey was fantastic to watch, especially in a movie theater.

All in all, I enjoyed and appreciated “The Jungle Book” (2016), but it didn’t have the same long-lasting effect that “The Jungle Book” (1967) did.

The magic and emotion that the original movie evoked wasn’t found in the newest version, which was quite disappointing.