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YMMV: The Jungle Book

For the original books:

  • Draco in Leather Pants / Ron the Death Eater: It's very common for people to depict Nag and Nagaina as a sympathetic mother and father trying to help raise their family, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi as the villain...because being good parents is a perfectly legitimate reason to murder three innocent humans!
  • Fair for Its Day: Kipling is widely recognized as a jingoist, proud of British Imperialism and all its accomplishments. Certainly there's an uncomfortableness in some of the themes in the books. However, the Jungle Books held some lessons that are still very apposite, and his depiction of the seals' plight in 'The White Seal' is a heartbreaker very much in tune with modern views.
  • Iron Woobie: Mowgli himself, all the way. His entire life is one long, hard lesson about 1; learning how to be stronger than those who try to kill you, and 2; anyone might betray you and try to kill you before you even understand why.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Shere Khan, actually. Hunting humans is a crime, but with his injured back leg, he doesn't have much of a choice if he wants to stay alive.
  • Jerk Sue: Mowgli can come across as one, especially in the second book where he's older and pretty much "the lord of the jungle."

For the Disney animated movie:

  • Villain Decay:
    • Sure, Kaa gets a bad rep around here for his horrendously decayed personality and role in the story, but he was legitimately threatening in the original movie. In The Jungle Book 2? Not so much.
    • Reversed for Shere Khan, who is somewhat less whimsical a villain in the sequel.

For the 1994 Disney live-action movie:

For the Chuck Jones adaptations:

  • Ear Worm: From Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. "Who has delivered us, who? Tell me his nest and his name!"
  • Fridge Brilliance: In "Mowgli's Brothers", Shere Khan is portrayed as a white tiger rather than the normal orange tiger from the original book and all other adaptations, despite the fact white tigers have existed only in captivity since 1951, and would have difficulty surviving due to the lack of camoflague as well as health problems. However in the book Khan has a crippled leg, which rarely appears in adaptations, such as this in which all of his legs are normal, meaning that being a white tiger replaces his crippled leg as his disability. The story also takes place before 1951, making it more possible.

For the 2015 Jon Favreau adaptation:

  • Broken Base:
    • The announcement that Scarlett Johannson would be voicing Kaa. Some think it's a clever new take on the character, whilst others think that it is changing the character too much.
    • The film itself. Is it another Disney Live-Action Adaptation, that's going to try to make things Darker and Edgier, like Maleficent and The Lone Ranger or is it a chance to do an adaptation that is closer to continuity (unlike the 1994 film)?
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • After the disappointments that were Maleficent and The Lone Ranger, an aim of production was to do this. Basically, the aim was to use everything that made Alice in Wonderland good that other productions had missed. For example:
    • Accuracy to the source material (i.e. no forced romantic interests, accuracy to the characters, but at the same time making them new and interesting).
    • The announcement that the animals would actually talk in this version, unlike other live action versions.
    • And that, for one of the first times in adaptation history, Mowgli would be played by a non-Caucasian (well, mixed-race, but still...)
  • What The Hell Casting Agency:
    • Scarlett Johannson as Kaa? Seriously?
    • Whilst not as vocal as the above, the casting of Bill Murray as Baloo has certainly riled some people up. As has Christopher Walken as King Louie.

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