Bill Murray as Baloo is my life:
“Come on, Mowgli. Let’s be on our way.” —Bagheera
“But I’m helping Baloo get ready for hibernation.” —Mowgli
“Bears don’t hibernate in the jungle.” —Bagheera
“Not full hibernation, but I nap. A lot.” —Baloo
In addition, I applaud Jon Favreau for taking this on and thank him for recreating a childhood favourite so wonderfully well. I was skeptical from the beginning. I wondered how and why he could possibly make a live-action movie about talking animals that wasn’t Air-Bud-terrible, but my worries were completely unfounded. He cast some absolutely incredible voice talent (Scarlett Johansson was brilliant as Kaa, and Christopher Walken as King Louie?! Genius!), introduced a child actor who is more than capable of holding his own against a bunch of CGI-d pros, AND included a smashing remix of the original soundtrack. So yeah, he nailed it.
Oh, man. This movie tugged at my heartstrings and tickled my funny bone all at once. I mean:
“This is Fury. He protects me from the creatures that crawl in the night. This is Destructor. She protects me from mosquitoes. This is Dream Crusher. He protects me from having unrealistic goals. And this is Debbie …”
The story was cute, the animation exceptional, and Dakota Fanning did an excellent job voicing the little red headed brat, but the end scene where Mr. Pickles (Richard Ayoade) talks about how hard the animators must have worked to make him blink was my favourite part by far.
I know everyone loves The Lion King and Aladdin (I do, too), but this has been my favourite disney movie for my entire life. Literally. It was released in 1989, and I’ve watched it dozens of times since then. I know all of the songs, most of the dialogue, and have tried unsuccessfully since I was a child to flip my hair out of the water (pool, bathtub, rainstorm, puddle in the driveway… you name it). It’s simply the best. Better than all the rest.