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Sometimes, I Dream I'm A Tiger

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By Culpeo-Fox   |   Watch
Published: January 28, 2019
© 2019 Culpeo-Fox
"...but I always wake up a hyena."
~

Unpopular opinion:
I absolutely hated the Disney Remake of the Jungle Book.
I didn't hate Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle. In fact, i actually ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

Yes. The animals ARE butt ugly. Rango-style-FUGLY, uncanny even. But, weird enough....to me, this is the exact reason of its appeal. It's different. Daring. It's doing something else. There is no rehash, no "let's do another cute family picture", chumming up with the masses. It's grim, uncomfortable and messed up. The jungle is not a perfect place and the animals are neither perfect beings (while still far away from being a faithful adaptation, the movie conveys the spirit of the books better than the Disney version ever did. Kipling could also get pretty dark).
Was it perfect? No. Did it have problems? You bet. Do i care? No! the Disney one pissed me off to no ends. The Watership Down remake pissed me off to no ends. Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle didn't. It did have me thinking. It did confuse me. It did fascinate me.


With all that said: Have a Tabaqui. Because he was by FAR the ugliest little shit of the animal cast and i loved this surprisingly empathethic tiger-dream phrase he mumbled to Mowgli (no, i didn't do Kaa, because Kaa of all things was the only aspect that DID piss me off X)).


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PeculiurPerennial's avatar
PeculiurPerennialStudent General Artist
I absolutely agree with you 100% about Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. The disney one was so eye-roll inducing. Where as I actually genuinely enjoyed watching Mowgli:LotJ. I can see the uncanniness of the characters and yet that was somehow much more interesting to look at than the high-def rendered models used in the disney version in my opinion. 
LittleMadMarchHare's avatar
Its so beautiful! Great and expressive drawing. <3
To be honest, I like this movie from Andy Serkis just because of the characteres. Yes, maybe its a bit uncanny sometimes, but I prefer Serkis unique character design instead of disneys "no emotions" idea (hello lion king ... ). I liked to recognize the performance of the actors. You really see Cumberbatchs facial expressions in Shere Khans face and Tom Hollander in Tabaquis face. There's so much more that touches me emotional! Better then a bunch of soulless super realistic animals ...
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CherishArtStudent General Artist
"But I always wake up a hyena" - isn't that always the way xD

I don't know why I liked this character so much, great drawing! :D
Noratcat's avatar
You draw Tabaqui so well. You got his facial features down.
DaniBeez's avatar
DaniBeezHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, those animals *are* ugly! But you've intrigued me about the movie, since I did like Disney's Jungle Book, but would appreciate a darker adaptation.
lexxi185's avatar
That is chillingly goooood. Hyena-like, if you don't mind the comparison. 
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xXKalassinXx's avatar
xXKalassinXxHobbyist Digital Artist
Ich muss ehrlich sagen, dass ich diese Version des Jungle Buches sehr genossen habe. Eben gerade, weil die Tiere nicht niedlich, toll und süß waren sondern ihren eigenen Charme und auf eine sehr inspirierende Art und Weise ihren Charakter zur Schau stellten. Ich frage mich nur, weshalb Tabaqui so oft eine Hyäne ist (Nicht dass ich Hyänen nicht mag aber es würde mich so sehr freuen wenn sie sich da an das Original hielten). Aber auf jeden Fall wie immer ein geniales Bild! :heart:
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Culpeo-FoxProfessional General Artist
Danke! :)

Ich selber kann da nur vermuten und raten, aber persönlich glaube ich, dass man Tabaqui in diversen Adaptionen deshalb recht häufig als Hyäne sieht, weil eine Hyäne noch besser das Klischee vom "kriecherischen Feigling" erfüllt und zu der Sparte Tier gehört, die generell (und leider ungerechtfertigt) als hässlich und abstoßend empfunden wird - was sie nochmal extra dankbar für diesen Film und diese Rolle macht. Wolf, Schakal und Co. bringt man viel eher Smypathien entgegen (ersterer ist ein klassischer Vertreter der "charismatischen Megafauna", letzterem werden in manchen Kulturen Qualitäten eines schlauen Tricksters nachgesagt, wie man's von Füchsen kennt. Und beide sind optisch als auch verwandtentechnisch nahe am Hund (ak.a ein Tier, das ohnehin alle Welt liebt), was es nochmal einfacher macht, diese Tiere eher zu mögen.

Hyänen haben nichts von all dem. Dafür eben viel zu oft die allzu undankbare Rolle in Film und Fernsehen. Wobei ich sagen muss, dass ich diesen Tabaqui tatsächlich richtig mochte. Gerade die Szene mit dem obengenannten Tigertraum-Zitat gehört für mich zu den besonders starken und einprägsamen Momenten im Film. Denn bei aller oberflächlichen Feigheit ist das ein Augenblick in dem Tabaqui - vielleicht als einziger - tatsächlich so etwas wie empathisches Verständnis für Mowgli durchscheinen lässt, dessen subtile Tragik mir regelrecht ans Herz ging. Tabaqui, der manchmal davon träumt ein Tiger zu sein. Mowgli, der davon träumt, ein Wolf zu sein. Und doch wachen beide immer als etwas anderes auf.
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Skia General Artist
Abgesehen davon, dass ich Hyänen-Tabaqui in seiner abstoßenden Erscheinung und seiner Tragik großartig finde, denke ich, dass auch ein Schakal in diesem Stil gut funktioniert hätte - klein und dürr, ein "Wenig-Wolf", Schüssellecker, Abfallfresser, schlauer Intrigenspinner - der Diener eines Tigers ist immer noch mehr als der König der Wölfe!

*rumspinn*
Culpeo-Fox's avatar
Culpeo-FoxProfessional General Artist
"der Diener eines Tigers ist immer noch mehr als der König der Wölfe" = BIG LIKE
Skia's avatar
Skia General Artist
:')
Ein bisschen hölzern formuliert, aber der Gedanke zählt!

Und sorry für meinen awkward Kommentar da unten - ich wollte nun wirklich keine Textblockantwort provozieren X) (Ich kapier das ganze Problem auch nicht 8'D )
Culpeo-Fox's avatar
Culpeo-FoxProfessional General Artist
Wenn man sich die Reaktionen (????? Oh mann) so ansieht...war eh Perlen vor die Säue.
Bzw.....Diamanten vor die Schakalhyänen 8'D
xXKalassinXx's avatar
xXKalassinXxHobbyist Digital Artist
Hm, das klingt verständlich. Dennoch äußerst schade. Zumal ich
Hyänen als sehr schöne Tiere empfinde. Vor allem die Streifenhyäne :heart:

Aber ja, vom Tiefgang her fand ich Tabaqui im Film mit am besten und am ausgereiftesten. Er träumt davon ein Tiger zu sein, aber man spürt bei ihm schon das bittere Verständnis, dass dies nicht möglich ist. Das war wirklich eine großartige Szene!
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BillyCreator1999Professional Filmographer
This Tabaqui is a jackal or a hyena in MOWGLI 2018 ??
philocake's avatar
He's a brown hyena, I believe
BillyCreator1999's avatar
BillyCreator1999Professional Filmographer
WHAT ?? but brown hyenas never live in India, they live in South Africa
Skia's avatar
Skia General Artist
That's an inaccuracy I think we have to live with; I'd also prefered to see the original golden jackal but the the brown hyena version ist full of character. Servant und admirer of a degenerated tiger. Fair enough.
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BillyCreator1999Professional Filmographer
Normally, brown hyenas live in South Africa, but never in India, I find it not normal at all, it's good if it would be a hyena but it is that the striped hyena living in India should have done Tabaqui the striped hyena, but thankfully the striped hyena did not appear in this film because I prefer to see it as striped hyena at Disney.

Me very honestly, I prefer to see him as much as jackal in this movie "Mowgli, 2018" because I would like to see Tabaqui as much as striped hyena, but I think I prefer to see Tabaqui striped hyena in the version of Disney so I prefer to see the jackal in this movie. I'm a little disgusted but luckily the striped hyena did not appear in this film, but I will not say more. :| (Blank Stare) :| (Blank Stare) :) (Smile) 
Culpeo-Fox's avatar
Culpeo-FoxProfessional General Artist
If you find Tabaqui "not normal at all": Why ignore Baloo, who should technicaly be a Sloth Bear, but is rarely ever portrayed as such in the movies (or at least, doesn't resemble one at all). Or King Louie, whose character was completely invented by Disney and, being an Orangutan, also does not appear in India. OR Kaa, who is an Indian Rock Python, yet we've seen all kinds of representations thus far, from "random vague big snake" to "green duckface monster" (this movie).

In all honesty, though: The animals talk and have human facial features in this, which is something that you also would not find in real life. So having a Brown Hyena is nothing that i find necessarily upsetting. :)
BillyCreator1999's avatar
BillyCreator1999Professional Filmographer
that is to say ???
BillyCreator1999's avatar
BillyCreator1999Professional Filmographer
What do you mean??
UncleScooter's avatar
UncleScooterProfessional Digital Artist
Nice take on Tabaqui - that was a good line he had in the movie. I like how dark and intense Serkis' adaptation was :D
merdicano's avatar
Damn, haha, you just went on a roast on Jungle Book haha, I still need to watch it
Toothlessdragon11's avatar
Yeah I agree with ya on that one Bambi Nod 
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