When Hathi discovers that his best friend Johar must move away, the two buddies try to keep their separation from happening. Shere Khan challenges the Cubs to a game of Kasaba Ball, but Louie excludes Hathi from the big game.
The Cubs form a musical group, but the band's success brings about a conflict of egos. Kaa is upset that no one has remembered his birthday. To cheer him up, Baloo, Bagheera and Louie pretend that Kaa has hypnotized them, and then throw a "surprise" party for him.
Louie is nervous about performing as an opening act for a well known jungle star that is his idol. When it comes time to perform, Louie gets scared because he thinks he's mediocre compared to the big star. Hathi can't say no to anyone. He finds himself sorting bananas for Louie, picking berries for Baloo, moving a rock for Kaa, and watching a basket full of woodpeckers for a warthog he's never even met!
Bagheera coughs up a hairball which embarrasses him so much that he decides to run away and never show his face again. Louie is swinging through the trees and nearly falls to his death, but Kaa and Shere Khan accidentally save him.
When Baloo's worries keep him from sleeping, he's inspired to create his famous song, "The Bear Necessities of Life." Shere Khan states that you could follow him for the rest of his life, and you'd never catch him doing anything good. Louie, Baloo and Hathi decide to follow him and see.