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Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
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Nagaina the Cobra, Wife of Nag / Teddy's Mother / Darzee's Wife (voice)
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Father (voice)
Michael LeClair ...
Teddy (voice)
Shepard Menken ...
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the Mongoose / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
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Darzee the Tailorbird (voice)
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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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9 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Teddy: Here's a dead mongoose. Let's have a funeral!
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Followed by Mowgli's Brothers (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Was a Lad
from "H.M.S. Pinafore"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Michael LeClair
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A Rudyard Kipling Classic Come To Life
25 March 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI, the Indian mongoose, takes on the responsibility for keeping the big bungalow belonging to an English family safe. But with the deadly great cobras Nag & Nagaina on the prowl, how long will Rikki be safe himself?

This is a very fine adaptation of one of Rudyard Kipling's non-Mowgli tales from The Jungle Books. Directed, produced & written for the screen by master animator Chuck Jones, the story sticks quite faithfully to the original and keeps the requisite cartoon silliness to a minimum.

Much credit should go to Orson Welles, who narrates as well as voicing Nag & the nervous muskrat; also to June Foray who gives voice to all three female roles. Together, these two old pros add a great deal to the success of the film.

In order to maintain the `cuteness quotient' Rikki is not drawn exactly to scale. Any mongoose who could fit effortlessly in a child's breakfast spoon would certainly be no match for an enraged, adult cobra.

The Indian gray mongoose, or Herpestes edwardsi, can commonly live more than 20 years in captivity, with a head & body up to 26 inches long. They are indeed renowned for attacking large poisonous snakes, and they usually win these battles due to their great agility & speed, as well as their very thick coats, through which the snakes' fangs have trouble penetrating. There are many species of mongoose - among them the African meerkat.

Children enraptured by Rikki should know that mongoose importation into America as pets is prohibited, due to these little carnivores predilection for hunting & destroying useful animals & birds.


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