Disney animation inspired by Rudyard Kiplings "Mowgli" story. Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. When the wolves hear that the fierce tiger, Shere Kahn, is nearby, they decide to send Mowgli to a local "man tribe". On his way to the village, Mowgli meets many animal characters in this musical tale. When Shere Kahn learns of Mowgli's presence, he tracks him down. Written by
The original child actor David Alan Bailey who voiced Mowgli had to be let go as his voice broke during the film's 3-year production. See more »
When Baloo is fighting Shere Khan, the landscape is desolate and littered with dead trees. After the fight, when Baloo is lying unconscious with Mowgli and Bagheera looking over him, the landscape is the jungle again, full of live plants and trees. 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 is a reprise of "The Bear Necessities" at the very end of the film. See more »
What racist overtones? Don't jump to conclusions....
It may interest readers of these reviews that the voice actor who played King Louie is not in fact black.
If you follow this helpful link right here at imdb ( http://us.imdb.com/Name?Prima,%20Louis ), you'd find that Louis Prima is in fact white, and was quite well known at the time for his musical repertoire, of which the song "I Wanna Be Like You" is a prime example. I don't think he was chosen for that role because of how 'black' he sounded, but rather for his musical abilities, and how that fit into the character of King Louie.
As with all the other voice actors chosen for this film, Walt Disney made perfect choices.... so much so that the film works perfectly: animation, voices and story all mesh together perfectly to make one of his best films, precisely because it *is* so simple, yet effective.
No need for fancy computer graphics here.
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