The Jungle Book hits theaters today, April 15, 2016! I was able to see a complimentary media preview of the movie and I can’t wait to tell you what I thought of Disney’s reimagination of The Jungle Book. I also couldn’t help but create a fun recipe that goes along with the film. So I’ll be sharing my recipe for Jungle Vines and Man’s Red Flower Pasta. Any other day of the week, you might call it pesto pasta with tomatoes but sometimes you just need have some fun with your food!
I loved the 1967 animated version. I remember watching it time and time again. I especially loved the songs! I can still sing them all I am sure. As a kid, I had no idea that the movie was actually from 1967. We purchased the VHS when it was rereleased in 1991. Seeing how much I loved the original, I was a bit concerned how much I would like a live action version. It can be hard to mess with nostalgia. I feel like it should not be a surprise that it was awesome! The CGI was so good, and everything was seriously photorealistic.
Now about that realism, it can be scary for some kids. There are animals snarling, growling, and fighting. There are also several jump scares that had my 10 year old jumping out of his seat and covering his eyes a few times. My eight year old hasn’t seen it yet, but I plan on taking her this weekend. I would definitely be cautious with kids 6 and under or sensitive older children. Please don’t let that discourage you from taking your kids, I think they will love it. Just be aware there are definitely some suspenseful and perilous scenes. For any adults that would turn their nose up at this “kids movie,” please don’t. I think you’ll find there is plenty to keep your interest.
The other major thing I noticed that different from the original was the music. This one did not have all the music and singing. I am so happy to report that the “Bare Necessities” is in the film, but there is only one other song besides that. The 1960’s version was a musical and this really focuses more on the telling of the story. I think dancing animals would have detracted from the realism of the film, so I feel it was a smart choice.
When you go and see the film, keep your ears open. The cast is absolutely full of stars and you’ll recognize a lot of voices! Bill Murray as Baloo and Christopher Walken as King Louie were my favorites!
Head out and see The Jungle Book this weekend! You will not be disappointed.
Now, about that pasta! Jump to page 2 to get the recipe and see how I made Man’s Red Flower!