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The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli - Complete Collection: DVD Review

Jul 17th, 2013

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The beloved anime series finally finds itself with an official standard-def release...

Shout! Factory / 1284 Minutes / 1989 / Unrated / Street Date: June 18, 2013

I had no idea, but it turns out The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli has a serious fan base. This animated series that never aired in the US looks like just another version of the long-admired Kipling classic, but Shout! Factory knows that there’s a certain cross-section of the animation-appreciation market who will find these episodes too much to resist.

The figures we all know are on hand here: there Mowgli, our human boy who has been raised in the jungle by a wolf, his bear buddy Baloo, and the meanie tiger Shere Khan who goes out of his way to make things needlessly complicated in the otherwise halcyon world of the jungle. Each of the fifty-two episodes here serves a central set of character arcs, of course, but each installment is its own stand-alone story.

The long and the short of it is that if you remember finding yourself intrigued by The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli when it was first broadcast in the late 1980s, this TV-on-DVD set will scratch a certain itch. A/V quality isn’t solid and there are no bonuses included to flush out the reputation the animated show has, but at the very least, these episodes are finally available. 

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