Friday, February 15, 2013

Layout & Background: Jungle Book Temple

   One of the things that sets the 1967 animated classic The Jungle  Book apart from the rest of the Disney canon is the unflinching exoticism.  This film feels completely different from all the others. Moving from European sets and standards worked terribly well for the company as peoples hunger for the east was waxing in the late sixties. This, coupled with the fact that Disney was and is known for family appropriate entertainment made this film the huge hit that it was.  "Lets go see the Disney cartoon with the little brown boy!" 
   Of course, without fabulous background art the over the top exotic theme would fall flat.  Here are two remarkably pretty pieces of background art featuring King Louie's temple.

   Why exactly is The Jungle Book, as one of the highest grossing films of all time, not represented in Adventureland?   Instead of getting a silly interactive game, I would love to have seen a small show in the vein of the Jack Sparrow show.  Honestly though, I'm done with pirates. :(


  1. Two words for Disneyland's Adventureland: Mowgli's Treehouse. The Tarzan franchise never really caught on in Disney fandom. A Jungle Book makeover would rock.

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