Originally Posted by The Main Headliner
Aladdin was actually pretty solid, BATB was meh, and actually, the Jungle Book was by far the best one; that one was actually very very good.
I couldn't stand Aladdin, sorry. Outside of a couple moments here or there, I found it to be a pretty lifeless remake. Jafar sucked. The special effects were not great (my jaw dropped at how awful Genie Jafar looked). The new songs and characters were either pointless or left no impression on me, and everything that came from the original film was just less good. I actually hated Aladdin in the film. I thought he was a bit of a tool.
Jungle Book is probably the best one, but I still didn't love it. The voice acting was really good and the animation on the animals was pretty solid too, and the actor playing Mowgli interacted with them well.
However, there were some story issues that left me scratching my head. In the animated film, I love that Sher Khan was out looking for Mowgli and with all the build up for him, there was a lot of tension and the sense of dread that the two could run into each other at any moment.
In the new movie, Sher Khan takes over the Wolves' lair and waits for Mowgli to come to him. How does he even know that Mowgli will even find out about what he did? Also, at this point, Mowgli is already gone and he basically got what he wanted, so why is he doing this?
The Kaa scene also highlights everything great about the movie and everything I didn't like about it. Voice acting? Scarlett Johannsen's voice for Kaa was great, one of the few cases where gender flipping a character was a welcomed change. The special effects? Great. Mowgli's acting? Good enough. However when you think about it...why is Kaa providing a big plot dump to Mowgli? Why did Kaa become the exposition snake? In the original film, Kaa was one of several recurring threats for Mowgli. Here...she's just kind of there for one scene, provides a big plot dump, and is then gone. (At least that's how I remember it, I haven't seen the film since it came out).
To be fair though, I didn't hate the film and as far as the Disney remakes go, it is one of the only ones that didn't make me retch. At least it was a different movie and wasn't just a shameless retread of the 67 film. I didn't love it though.
I will say though, I would really like a big screen version of Rikki Tikki Tavi. He's a cute little mongoose character that kills cobras and was featured in the original Jungle Book (which is really a collection of short stories rather than one flowing narrative). Rikki was made into an animated TV special by Chuck Jones way back in the 60s and I really liked it, so I'd actually like to see Rikki Tikki Tavi get adapted and get to join the rest of the Jungle Book crew as movie stars, but that's just me, lol.