Film / Jungle Book

Jungle Book (or Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book) is a 1942 film directed by Zoltan Korda, loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and starring Sabu as Mowgli.

Sabu had also previously starred in Korda's Elephant Boy, which was based on one of the non-Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book.

This film provides examples of:

  • Cats Hate Water: Mowgli tries to use this against Shere Khan. (In Real Life, tigers are among the feline varieties that have no problems with water.)
  • Gold Fever: The film is a flashback told by the lone survivor of a Gold Fever Massacre.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: Since the technology of the time didn't allow the animals to be portrayed talking, much of the story focuses instead on Mowgli's actions in the man-village and his conflict with Buldeo.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Was promoted as Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.
  • Narrator All Along: The old man telling the story to the European tourists turns out to be the main villain of the story—Buldeo, the hunter who harassed Mowgli, almost killed his mother and nearly burned down the forest.