Picks and Pans Review: Cloak & Dagger
updated 08/20/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/20/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
THE JUNGLE BOOK
This 1967 film, the last animated feature Walt Disney worked on before he died, was loosely based on the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling. It featured the voices of Phil Harris as Baloo, the scat-singing bear, Sebastian Cabot as the stuffy panther Bagheera, George Sanders as the tyrannical tiger Shere Khan, Sterling Holloway as the python Kaa and Bruce Reitherman, son of director Wolfgang Reitherman, as Mowgli. With the movie currently in re-release, critic Ralph Novak and his son, Thaddeus, 4, saw it at a northern New Jersey theater, then went home to tape the following review.
Ralph: What did you think of that movie?
R: What parts did you like best?
T: I liked all of it, really. The part with Baloo and that boy was great. That's the part I'm gonna talk about. But let's do that after dinner so we don't have to talk and eat at the same time. (After dinner)
R: So, how did you like the music in The Jungle Book?
T: The music was good, too.
R: What was your favorite song?
T: The Bare Necessities. Baloo sang that.
R: What did you think of that tiger?
T: Not very bad.
R: Was he scary?
T: No way. I wasn't scared.
R: Did you like the little boy?
T: Very nice. Especially with the bear.
R: Was there any part of the movie you didn't like?
T: The part where that tiger tries to trick the snake into giving him the boy. But he wouldn't.
R: Why didn't you like that part?
T: Because it wasn't very nice to want to eat a boy.
R: What did you think of those monkeys?
T: Very fine.
R: What did you think was the funniest part?
T: The monkeys trying to trick the boy into being a monkey.
R: If you told your friend Zachary about this movie, what would you say?
T: I would say, "Nice movie, Zack." (G)