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Hidden Meaning in JUNGLE BOOK – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is The Jungle Book, a
Disney film directed by the bodyguard from Disney’s Iron Man, and starring actors from
Disney’s The Avengers, Disney’s Iron Man, who is such a money director he doesn’t even know it. The film takes place on a Los Angeles soundstage,
where a human boy named Mowgli is being raised either by wolves or by a panther, it’s unclear. What is clear is that there’s a drought going
on, and all the creatures of the jungle have to share the same soda fountain like a bunch of animals. A tiger named Sharon Khan shows up to throw
his stripes around. He sniffs out a human, which is his least
favorite smell to sniff, and says he’ll kill Mowgli as soon as this soda fountain runs
out of crisp, refreshing Sprite. So the panther, Bagheera, takes Mowgli in
search of the human village, where the Sprite factory is located. Almost immediately Sharon Khan attacks them,
and the two get separated in a way that’s exciting and dangerous but still PG. Mowgli meets a big snake who used to be male
fifty years ago but is now female, which Mowgli respects They turn out to be incompatible for unrelated
reasons, so he starts hanging out with a bear named Baloo instead. Bagheera finds Mowgli and Baloo, and just
when you think all the monkey business is over, it most definitely is not. King Louie, lesser-known son of King Kong,
tells Mowgli: he’s got a fever, and the only prescription is learning how
to make fire. But Mowgli left his Zippo at home, so Bagheera
and Baloo help him escape, and King Louie is positively crushed. But Mowgli finds out Sharon Khan killed his
wolf dad, so he grabs a torch to go… I don’t know… report him to the Olympic
Committee. He brings a little too much heat, which he
admits is totally his bad, but it works out in the end. KHAAAANNN! Going against the tradition of Mowglis past,
Mowgli decides to stay in the jungle at least until it’s time for college. The Jungle Book is an allegory about mankind’s
relationship with nature. The film suggests that man’s tendency to bend
and shape nature is instinctive, just like riding a cyclotron. Even though Mowgli grew up with no humans
to teach him calculus and all their other liberal mumbo jumbo, he exhibits the human
desire to manipulate his environment through creativity. Mowgli is an example of a literary trope called
the noble savage, which represents the idea that absent exposure to civilization’s bad
habits, man’s fundamental not-terribleness will shine through. Since Mowgli grew up untainted by the world
of men, he exhibits only positive human traits; in addition to being clever, he is generous
and has great fashion sense. Thus, he uses his abilities to satisfy not
only his own needs, but also those of any whiny animal who comes to call. However, his wolf family initially discourages
such behavior, seeing his actions as hacky David Blaine-style “tricks” that disrupt the
natural order. In the eyes of the animals, natural law must
be obeyed, not circumvented, which is why they wrote a whole poem about it. And while not in iambic pentameter, the wolves’
credo is still integral to maintaining a fair and balanced ecosystem. Without the Sprite truce, for example, smaller
creatures would die of thirst, thereby leaving predatory animals with nothing to snack on
between meals . Sharon Khan sees Mowgli as a threat to this
order, believing mankind will never look up from their Samsung Galaxy Notes long enough
to harmoniously co-exist with nature. After all, it is man’s ingenuity that lets
him harness fire — primarily through the Samsung Galaxy Note. Sharon Khan assumes Mowgli’s inventiveness
will inevitably develop into destructive acts, because that’s just how men are, and tigers
are always the ones who have to clean up after them. But shockingly, Sharon Khan’s interest is
not purely altruistic. When Mowgli wields the torch like a royal
sceptre, he threatens to usurp Sharon Khan as de facto king of the jungle, assuming neither
of them recognizes King Louie’s reign as legitimate. Their confrontation is a play on the myth
of Prometheus and Epimetheus Rosenberg, two brothers tasked by their overbearing cousin
Zeus with shaping Earth’s inhabitants. Epimetheus gives the animals survival tools
such as claws, wings, and chainsaws, but gives nothing to man. So, Prometheus steals fire from the gods to
protect the poor, pitiful, defenseless, fragile, not-even-worth-the-skin-they’re-printed-on
humans. Mowgli inverts the myth by stealing fire to
defend the animals. Ultimately, the film teaches that it is possible
for a human to peacefully co-exist with nature, provided he acts as its steward and not as
its conqueror. Which basically means only using weapons accidentally
and not on purpose. For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid. Hakuna matata.

32 Comments

  1. Yah huaa Author

    chit i missed the entire vid. I didn't lift my head up from my samsung galaxy notes long enough…. aww now it's on fire.

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  2. GraffitiTurtle Author

    Watching the wolf dad get suddenly thrown off a cliff by the tiger guy seemed very much not PG, or at least pushing the very edge of it

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  3. Blackavar WD Author

    "He's such a money director and he doesn't even know it"

    "They turn out to be incompatible for unrelated reasons" 😂

    "…IDK… report him to the Olympic Committee"

    COWBELL!? You're killin me 😂

    BTW thanks for censoring eating

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