“Rather than telling the story of a little boy abandoned, far from civilization, in the middle of a jungle and in the midst of its fauna, Claerbout’s film loop culminates anew every hour on the hour – like a clock – in the final scene of the original animated film. It is the moment in which a girl comes to the edge of the jungle to fetch water.
The one-hour loop turns the sentimental and comical story about dancing, singing, and trumpet-playing jungle animals of the animated movie classic The Jungle book of 1967 into a film that has dispensed all ‘humanization’ of the animals and portrays them instead in a manner befitting their species.
Despite the fact that The pure necessity completely eliminates the narrative of the original, it holds a fascination of its own. The ambiguity and incongruity of the protagonists, on whom a human ego was first imposed, only to be deprived of it again in this adaptation, serve to charge the completely eventless film narrative with a suggestive tension virtually impossible to put a finger on”, a flipbook showing a scene from the animated Jungle Book film: Baloo the bear climbing out of the water and shaking himself dry, stencil-printed in black, white and blue, soft cover, 7 x 12,5 cm, 236 not numbered pages, ed/100, Rotterdam 2016