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Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

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Storyline

Abandoned after an accident, baby Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of panthers. As the boy grows older, the wise panther Bagheera realizes he must be returned to his own kind in the nearby man-village. Baloo the bear however thinks differently taking the young Mowgli under his wing and teaching that living in the jungle is the best life there is. Bagheera realizes that Mowgli is in danger, particularly from Shere Khan the tiger who hates all people. When Baloo finally comes around, Mowgli runs off into the jungle where he survives a second encounter with Kaa the snake and finally, with Shere Khan. It's the sight of a pretty girl however that gets Mowgli to go the nearby man-village. Written by garykmcd

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He's been raised by wolves. Captured by apes. Hunted by a boy-eating tiger. And adopted by a bumbling bear named Baloo. Who'd have thought the jungle could be so much fun! [1984 re-release] See more »


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Release Date:

7 December 1967 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

El libro de la selva  »

Box Office

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$141,843,612 (USA)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It was Walt Disney's lead story man and writer Bill Peet who first suggested making an animated version of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. See more »

Goofs

Although Baloo has only four claws on either hand in most scenes, in a few he also has additional opposable thumbs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bagheera: Many strange legends are told of these jungles of India, but none so strange as the story of a small boy named Mowgli. It all began when the silence of the jungle was broken by an unfamiliar sound.
[Sound of baby crying]
Bagheera: It was a sound like one never heard before in this part of the jungle. It was a man cub! Had I known how deeply I was to be involved, I would've obeyed my first impulse and walked away.
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Crazy Credits

There are no end credits for this feature film. However, the credits are at the beginning. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Disney Family Album: Milt Kahl (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bare Necessities
(1967)
Words and Music by Terry Gilkyson
Arranged by Van Dyke Parks (uncredited)
Performed by Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman (uncredited)
Reprised later by Reitherman
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The Jungle Movie
12 September 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's popular jungle-themed tome keeps it all light and ditches anything deeper than superficial. One would expect this to have a detrimental effect but it all works in the movie's favor. It's basically a string of sketches and set pieces cobbled around a loose narrative, though it flies by quickly, especially when Baloo is on the screen.

Mowgli is a man-cub abandoned in the jungles of India and raised by wolves when Bagheera, a concerned panther, steps in and rescues him. Around 10 years later Bagheera tries to take him back to the man village but they are sidetracked by a variety of animals including Kaa, the snake, and lovable, floppy-armed King Louie, an orangutan who wants the secret of fire.

Much of the movie has a late-60s jazz theme which keeps it moving and jiving. The jungle animation, making great use of multi-plane cameras, is absolutely gorgeous, and makes every scene a joy to look at, even during some of the lulls (anything with the Elephants).

It's easy to see why it has become a classic as the characters are brilliant. Baloo and Co. came back in TaleSpin 23 years later and secured their status among the most popular Disney characters.


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