Jungle Book Brings Generations Together


By/Por:  Leah Bergman

“I feel like a kid again,” said the actress sitting next to me as the band played and we waited for the show to begin.  I felt it too.  We were both excited and reminiscing about one of our favorite Disney childhood movies.

And then the lights turned down, the Dolby Atmos sound filled the theater and the vivid Dolby vision colors popped on the screen. “The Jungle Book” came alive again not only for myself, but for a new generation.

Disney premiered this childhood classic in Hollywood giving it a new modern twist.  Gone were the fuzzy feelings of a musical and in its place was action and, surprisingly, very moving performances by an all-star cast.

One of my favorite lines was spoken by Mowgli’s adoptive, wolf mother; Raksha. “No matter where you go, or what they may call you, never forget this:  You will always be my son.” It was so moving and heart-felt, but not surprising when such a performance came from Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.


The film appealed to the younger crowd and kept their attention with all of the action and animation. The animation pushed the industry to a new level.  One kid even told me he wasn’t sure if the animals were real or not.

Even though the film was no longer a musical, gratefully, Disney still included two of the songs:  “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.”  The songs left me humming and reminiscing and the little boy, who I took with me, discovering them for the first time.  He spent the next day listening over and over to them.  It was at this moment classic and modern converged and the two generations shared something epic.

© 2016 Leah Bergman

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