With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
Abandoned after an accident, baby Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of wolves. 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
The original child actor who voiced Mowgli, David Alan Bailey, had to be let go as his voice broke during the film's three-year production. See more »
The monkeys are hanging from their tails in several scenes, but monkeys with grasping tails are only found in South America. See more »
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]
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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There are no end credits for this feature film. However, the credits are at the beginning. See more »
I saw TJB in the theater as a child, and as my own children reached the ages where they could enjoy Disney films, I started stocking up on videos. I'd forgotten all but 3 or 4 scenes, but as it rolled on the video player, I was literally awestruck at the vivid characterizations. This is a landmark film, in that it was the first to use established actors (with recognizable voices) for the vocal characterizations. There's also an excellent "making of" short after the film on the Disney video, with trivia, e.g., Sterling Holloway, the classic voice of Winnie-the-Pooh, was Kaa, the python in TJB.
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