Just had to throw that British imperialism reference in there I guess.
Using jazz as a base for the movie and then making the jazziest characters apes is troubling. There’s definitely a minstrel show undertone here, especially Baloo dressing up.
There are some very 60s hairstyles.
The ending is honestly the worst part of the story. The whole people “belonging” in civilization thing. Mowgli just totally bailing after seeing one girl.
Overall I liked the story (minus the minstrel show and the end), the voice actors, and the music. It’s definitely a Western-oriented tale, specifically its focus on divide between “civilization” and the other. It’s less obvious in it’s troubling nature but it still is there. Tread carefully.