Jungle Book (1967)

credit: narssimhan.wordpress.comAfter being raised by wolves, hypnotized by a snake, kidnapped by monkeys, stalked by a tiger and banned from his local elephant military, Mowgli tries to salvage his life by creeping on the water girl.

 

This was the last animated film personally overseen by Walt Disney. (He died before it was released.) Definitely one of his best.

I read recently that not only were the vultures patterned after the Beatles, but that they were actually going to provide the singing. When the band backed out, Disney decided to do the barbershop quartet thing instead.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  Based on meticulous research and vast personal experience, I can safely say that running around in a loincloth is generally frowned upon in most places.

Mowgli was convinced that living in the jungle as an animal would bring him joy. He refused to listen to those who tried to tell him that his current lifestyle was contradictory to his potential and his ultimate happiness.

Some, like Mowgli, assume that friendship is based on accepting friends for “who they are” rather than who they can be. True friends know how to separate the behavior from the person, and like God, they find ways to express their love to us while lifting us to a higher standard—not by accommodating popular behavior or desires that go against God’s commandments.

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In the words of two apostles:

“If anyone thinks that godly or parental love for an individual grants the loved one license to disobey the law, he or she does not understand either love or law.”

“Be grateful for people in your lives who love you enough to correct you, to remind you of your standards and possibilities, even when you don’t want to be reminded.”

There’s this great scene in The Jungle Book where Bagheera starts giving Baloo’s eulogy (even though Baloo is still alive), honoring the bear’s noble deed of laying down his life for a friend. While most friends won’t literally be risking their lives like Baloo, they can figuratively lay down their lives by giving up what they want for what their friend needs.

In other words, real friends are willing to risk offending us by lovingly watching out for our long-term well being.

That’s the kind of friend the Savior was, and that’s the kind of friend all man-cubs ought to be.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

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