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The Jungle Book

'I thought you were entertaining someone up there in your coils,' Shere Khan the Tiger purrs malevolently (with the unmistakable voice of George Sanders) as Kaa the Snake endeavours to squeeze Mowgli the Man Cub in his horrible clutches. This animated Disney feature based on Kipling, the last to be supervised by Big D himself, is chock-a-block with such shapely lines (with Baloo the dim-witted bear, voiced by Phil Harris, getting the best). It's also got great knockabout visual gags, mercifully little cutey-poo sentiment, and reasonable songs, including 'The Bare Necessities'. The animation has only the bare necessities, too, and the storyline is weak, but it doesn't seem to matter much.

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Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Screenwriter: Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Ken Anderson, Vance Gerry
Cast: Phil Harris
Sebastian Cabot
Louis Prima
George Sanders
Sterling Holloway
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