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The Jungle Book

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This adaptation of British author Rudyard Kipling's 1894 collection of stories about the adventures of a "man-cub" (Neel Sethi) raised by animals offers delightful, good-natured, heartfelt entertainment for the entire family, the most easily frightened tots possibly excepted. Orphaned as a baby, the boy is led by a kindly panther (voice of Ben Kingsley) to a pack of wolves, which raises him as one of their own. A menacing tiger (voice of Idris Elba) regards him as a threat and orders him killed, but the boy escapes. On the journey that follows, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a happy-go-lucky bear (voice of Bill Murray) and faces new challenges. Amid the lavish, computer-generated forest and fauna, director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks pay homage to Disney's 1967 animated version of Kipling's work with moments of humor and by incorporating its toe-tapping tunes, "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You."

Watch out for: A few scenes of peril.

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016