The Jungle Book

Survey of Animation, Movie Review, Writing

The Jungle Book was a film produced by the Disney Studios and was released on October 18th, 1967. This is the nineteenth animation produced in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series; it was based on the Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling. It is the last film made before Walt Disney died on December 15th, 1966. The Jungle Book  was successful in that it made seventy three million dollars with it’s first release and Time, The New York Times, and Life magazine all gave this film good reviews.

In Disney Studio’s movies prior, the animators were only in charge for one character- but in The Jungle Book the animators were in charge of whole sequences. Some techniques these animators used were that they used hand painted backgrounds, cell animation, and narration. Sometimes scenery was used in foreground and background to create a sense on depth within the film. Cell animation was used because the background did not move in the film, only the characters in the sequence did. The begging of the film included outside narration giving the audience an insight into what was happening in the movie.

The Jungle Book was produced in 1967 and from the popular movies around that time most of the other films were not animated films and not from Disney Studios. And within 1967 Disney Studios had made five other films all being non-animation films.

This film is unique in the cell animation, and music within the piece. Also, The Jungle Book is the fourth Disney Animation Studio’s film to use the xerography process to earlier recreate parts of animated films. Disney Studios says that the music within the piece is why i was so popular at first.

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