The classic that many generations know and love is now being told like never before. Here we see all the same characters that we know and love from the original Disney classic. What many don’t realize though is that it’s not a Disney story. The original was an adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling story,ﾠThe Jungle Book. This story focuses more on the original than it does towards the 1967 version. Although the characters are the same, thisﾠgives us more of the story of how Mowgli came to be in the jungle. How his life unfolded once he was in the jungle as well as the trials of learning who his friends and foes were. Though this strays from the original animated version it delivers on the intensity. The graphics are incredible although some of the cgiﾠneeded a little more. Although this didn’t quite meet the wow factor, it comes really close. The parts that hurt it are too numerous to overlook, from continuity errors to story discrepancies. Either way this is a tale that you’ll be talking about long after you’ve seen it. The best Jungle Book rendition that has been done to date, if you miss it you’ll be sorry (though there are those that will be sorry that they did). Some of the subject matter gets a little deep for a Disney story, it has a balance of life and death and through the telling of that, it might be a little intense for the youngest of viewers. Should you see this? That’s something only you can decide. I for one foretell this to be one of their classics.
The Law of the Jungle verse from the movie is just a snippet of the title “The Law of the Wolves”… the beginning of it is in bold (the part from the movie). Although the rest exceeds the 300-word limit that I promise you. I felt it important that you have the whole story. As promised. The review is 300 words or less. The rest is optional.
Now this is the Law of the Jungle,
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip;
drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting,
and forget not the day is for sleep.
The Jackal may follow the Tiger,
but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter —
go forth and get food of thine own.
Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle —
the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent,
and mock not the Boar in his lair.
When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle,
and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken —
it may be fair words shall prevail.
When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack,
ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel,
and the Pack be diminished by war.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge,
and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter,
not even the Council may come.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge,
but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message,
and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight, be silent,
and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop,
and your brothers go empty away.
Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates,
and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing,
and seven times never kill Man!
If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker,
devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest;
so leave him the head and the hide.
The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack.
Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair,
or he dies.
The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf.
He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission,
the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling.
From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten;
and none may refuse him the same.
Lair-Right is the right of the Mother.
From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter,
and none may deny her the same.
Cave-Right is the right of the Father —
to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack;
he is judged by the Council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning,
because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open,
the word of your Head Wolf is Law.
Now these are the Laws of the Jungle,
and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law
and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!