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  • Fair for Its Day: While some people have criticized this film for having one of the main protagonists invoke White Man's Burden to help the main protagonist, the film goes well out of its way to emphasize that this model of thinking is wrong, and that the thinking was completely normal for the time period the film is set in. Furthermore, while Kitty, Doctor Plumford, and Colonel Brydon all have some form of this mindset, they are most definitely not racists, and they openly treat Mowgli not just as an equal, but with open respect, when most British officials treated the Indians with disdain at best, and outright racism at worst. Colonel Brydon is also shown to indicate that he has no trouble with his daughter's romance with Mowgli, which is incredibly progressive given that interracial romance was a major taboo back in the 1890's.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In his review, Roger Ebert talked about the In Name Only premise and wondered "What's next? Tom Sawyer with a car chase and a shoot-out?" Well...
  • Narm: Tabaqui's Disney Villain Death, which is clearly a cheap effect and has him screaming in a hilariously odd way and his eyes bugging out.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Lena Headey (a.k.a. Queen Gorgo and Queen Cersei) as Kitty.
  • Special Effect Failure: The green screen effect mentioned under Narm. Also, the brief CGI close-up shots of Kaa haven't held up well.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This movie is surprisingly dark, with several violent action scenes and rather gruesome deaths for the villains.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Mowgli should, logically speaking, be Indian, seeing as the story is set in India and seeing how the child Mowgli is clearly Indian and has a clearly Indian father. But for the grown-up Mowgli they decided on the Ambiguously Brown route, and went with the Chinese-Hawaiian Jason Scott Lee.
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