The Jungle Book never goes full Dinosaur, save for a few heated Baloo-Bagheera conversations. Mowgli is in every scene, scrambling for his life -- and our attention. In an age where spectacle is everything and CG artisans struggle to match live-action actors, a Lion King remake could take the movies to a new space: not quite "real," not quite animated, just gorgeous and engrossing and meaty. Animals have personalities, and with the Disney remake business in full swing, let's hope they take a lesson from ol' Uncle Walt.
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