Article Title

The Jungle Book


Whitney Troxel


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, Jungle, Animals, Fire, Growing Up

Document Type

Movie Review


Discovered as a small child in the jungle, Mowgli was raised by a pack of wolves. However, when Shere Khan, a tiger, learns of his presence in the jungle, he threatens not only to kill Mowgli but anyone else who tries to protect him. Bagheera, a black panther, volunteers to take Mowgli to the man village in order to protect him and the wolf pack. Angry that Mowgli escaped, Shere Khan kills Akela, the leader of the wolves, in order to bring Mowgli back. Mowgli meets Baloo, a loveable but lazy bear, on his way to the village. Desperate to get Mowgli to safety Bagheera enlists Baloo’s help but Mowgli is kidnapped by monkeys and taken to King Louie, a giant orangutan. While with King Louie Mowgli discovers Shere Khan killed Akela. Mowgli returns with a torch to confront Shere Khan, not realizing he has set the jungle on fire. Shere Khan attempts to turn Mowgli’s friends against him, but instead they attack Shere Khan giving Mowgli enough time to run to the forest. Using everything he’s learned from living in the jungle, Mowgli sets a trap and defeats Shere Khan.