The Jungle Book
Rounding out the Golden Age of the DAC we have The Jungle Book. Released in October of 1967, it is the first Disney animated movie to be released after the death of Walt Disney and the last one to be produced by the man. This was the longest wait between DAC movies at this point in time, 1,393 days since the release of The Sword in the Stone.
It is based on the 1894 book The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. It spawned a live action film, a spin off television show, had many classic Disney songs, and has multiple common costumed characters in the Disney parks.
The Jungle Book is a fun story that again has some huge plot holes. The main one being why everyone in the jungle knows each other, but no one seems to know this kid that has spent the last eight or ten years in the jungle with them. There isn’t a ton of plot as the movie is about a panther trying to return the boy to his village and the kid not wanting to follow. But, it is filled with memorable scenes that make you smile.
The animation is average, not a lot of style in this one, but the music is great. There are multiple songs that are used in Disney montages and music collections. One was even nominated for best song at that years Oscars.
It isn’t the strongest movie, but is a decent ending to the Golden Age of the DAC.
Run Time – 78 Minutes
40th Academy Awards – 1 Nomination – 0 Wins
Best Song – The Bare Necessities - Nominated
Disney Animated Canon so far in order of Quality
1. Lady and the Tramp 6-22-1955
2. Peter Pan 2-5-1953
3. One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1-25-1961
4. Dumbo 10-23-1941
5. Cinderella 2-15-1950
6. Pinocchio 2-7-1940
7. Sleeping Beauty 1-29-1959
8. The Adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 10-5-1949
9. The Jungle Book 10-18-1967
10. Make Mine Music 4-20-1946
11. Fun and Fancy Free 9-27-1947
12. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 12-21-1937
13. Saludos Amigos 8-24-1942
14. The Sword in the Stone 12-25-1963
15. Alice in Wonderland 7-26-1951
16. Melody Time 5-27-1948
17. Bambi 8-13-1942
18. Fantasia 11-13-1940
19. The Three Caballeros 12-21-1944