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The Jungle Book for the 21st century

We all know the story and now Disney wants us to rediscover it in a more “realistic” and modern way. The Jungle Book, one human, Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, and a huge jungle full of talking animals. The movie has a great cast. Bill Murray is Baloo, Ben Kingsley is Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o is Raksha, Scarlett Johansson is Kaa…

This new version, shot in Los Angeles, is not a musical but a couple of songs such as “Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” have been included.

While special effects play a big role in this kind of movie, the critics are worried about other things, more basic and timeless, such as racial stereotyping and even racism itself. The original cartoon movie is from 1967 and was written from a British colonialist perspective, and Disney’s animated adaptation was criticised for its racist overtones. Will the special effects with talking animals be enough to make us forget about this?

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