How Disney’s new Jungle Book corrects for years of troubling undertones

If mention of The Jungle Book conjures up warm childhood memories of singing bears and dancing monkeys, Disney’s new star-studded, live-action/CGI version, which hits theaters Friday, will delight you. But beyond the sheer aesthetic pleasure of Baloo and King Louie cavorting around on the big screen again, the new film is a surprisingly thoughtful attempt to modernize Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 novel, and the troubling racial underpinnings on which it’s built.

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