Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)

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A young mongoose protects his human family from two murderous cobrae.



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Cast overview:
Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
Nagaina the Cobra, Wife of Nag / Teddy's Mother / Darzee's Wife (voice)
Father (voice)
Michael LeClair ...
Teddy (voice)
Shepard Menken ...
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the Mongoose (voice)
Lennie Weinrib ...
Darzee the Tailorbird (voice)


An English family living in India discovers a mongoose living on the estate. They decide to keep him as pet, in the hopes that he will keep them safe from the many cobras that live in the surrounding jungle. Their new pet quickly begins earning his keep, as two cobras make the family their new target. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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mongoose | cobra | india | muskrat | tailorbird | See more »





Release Date:

9 January 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Teddy: Here's a dead mongoose. Let's have a funeral!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.15 (2009) See more »


Darzee's Song
Lyrics by Marian Dern
Sung by Lennie Weinrib
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A classic for kids of all ages
27 June 2005 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Like many of the other reviewers on this site, my earliest memories of seeing this cartoon were created in my after-school program, with the film being shown on an old projector. I remember Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to be one of the coolest films that we were shown as kids back in the mid '80s. This cartoon classic had everything: adventure, humor, suspense, just a touch of evil (with the two cobras, Nag and Nagaina) to make things interesting, a great story, and a happy ending.

Fast-forward to the present day. By chance, I saw this video for sale at the local Wal-Mart, and the memories started to come back into my mind. Needless to say, I bought the video and watched it again this afternoon. Everything was almost exactly as I remember it from back in the day. Plus, since I've grown wiser with my years, I came to recognize this cartoon as a real classic piece of work. The animation is solid and consistent, just what you'd expect from Chuck Jones. All of the voice work is good, but the stand-out performance has to go to Orson Welles as the narrator, Nag, and the sniveling muskrat. Not only do I now know about Welles being the mastermind behind "Citizen Kane", I also respect his work from his later years, as he provided narration for a couple of killer Manowar songs. I'm glad that I bought the video, as it will most likely become a well-loved addition to my collection. See this with your kids and let them create their own memories of this great cartoon!

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