Jungle Book Preview. Rudyard Kipling would be proud of this new version. Lovely, just like the prior ones, but with fantastic effects.
I have to admit a strong fancy for Jungle Book and I love this piece that director John Favreau posted.
Rudyard Kipling, along with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tolkien and Lewis remain some of my strongest influences when it comes to portraying another world and lifestyle.
You'll find traces of all of them in my Baker Street Universe adventures starring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, along with the Jungle Lord, The Invisible Man, Count Dracula, Conan Doyle, Professor Challenger, Harry Houdini, Nicolas Tesla, Albert Einstein, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Thomas Edison, Madame Curie and other delightful fictional and non-fictional personalities.
Movie Serial. Golden age serial, The Lost City, Chapter 8: Human Targets. More fun and mayhem. Sci-fi and fantasy!
The thing about watching these oldies but goodies is how fraught they are...in today's terms and views...with politically incorrect attitudes and ways of dealing with people we no longer find amusing, kind or beneficial to partake in.
For example, the old cowboy movies which almost always showed the Indians fighting for booze and weapons and always on the warpath and after our women...
Mmmm. Sounds like some attitudes people in modern times have had towards other races. Or still do!
But I am not here to judge bad decisions, but rather to show how even in the worst of times for many, there are some sparks of good to be had.
Song of the South remains one of Disney's finest films in terms of animation and music, even though it wrongly pictures the contentment of slaves, held by their white masters. It focuses on the magic that a black man gives to a young boy and helps open up his eyes to a much larger world. So even then, there was the stirring of hope for the future, when the races would get along.
Disney has gone so far as to bury this movie in its vaults, to pretend it never sanctioned such thinking. But we know it wasn't so much that they hated black people, but they just didn't understand the equality of man at that time in the fifties and forties. Much has happened since then. Some good. Some bad. But overall the human race has made some progress, ever so slowly towards the balance that all within their heart of hearts hopes for.
In this serial we see the black race portrayed very savagely at times, and again, a silly portrayal created by the bias of some who lived in those times, and didn't want to see the equality of souls in all men and women.
Yes, there were savages in Africa. But were there not also savages in America? There is no country's or people's history free of barbarism and violence.
We just hope in the future that mankind outgrows its pettiness and tendency to judge and be harsh to those that we don't agree with.
Meanwhile, jumping off my political and soap box, here's another chapter of the Lost City.