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The Jungle Book (1994)

Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wild animals, and how he becomes king of the jungle.

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Stephen Sommers

Writers:

Rudyard Kipling (characters from novel "The Jungle Book"), Ron Yanover (story) (as Ronald Yanover) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Scott Lee ... Mowgli
Cary Elwes ... Boone
Lena Headey ... Kitty
Sam Neill ... Brydon
John Cleese ... Dr. Plumford
Jason Flemyng ... Wilkins
Stefan Kalipha ... Buldeo
Ron Donachie ... Harley
Anirudh Agarwal ... Tabaqui (as Anirudh Agrawal)
Faran Tahir ... Nathoo
Sean Naegeli ... Mowgli, age 5
Joanna Wolff Joanna Wolff ... Kitty, age 5
Liza Walker Liza Walker ... Alice
Rachel Robertson Rachel Robertson ... Rose
Natalie Morse Natalie Morse ... Margaret
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Storyline

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli the jungle boy who is raised by wild animals after being lost when a tiger attacked an encampment and killed his father. Years later he finds himself re-united with his childhood love Kitty and back in the "civilization" of Colonial India which he finds far less civilized then his jungle haunts. The search for a lost treasure shows who the truly civilized members of society are. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Born of men. Raised by animals. Destined for adventure. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When we next see Mowgli, he is all grown up and a true child of the jungle. His companions are the full grown wolf named Grey Brother, the bear named Balloo and the black leopard named Bagheera. There are many scenes where you see them all walking together. For these scenes, wire fences were erected to separate the animals from each other. For instances where Grey Brother walks up to Mowgli, a trainer would call the wolf toward the actor who would then reward the animal with food. See more »

Goofs

When the lady points out monkeys, she identifies first one as a macaque, then the next two as Rhesus monkeys (which are also called Rhesus macaques), and the last two as langurs. The ones that she points out as langurs are actually lemurs, which are prosimians, not monkeys, and are not found in India. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colonel Brydon: [narrating] Life is a spinning wheel, it has been said. With each spoke, a tale to be told. So keep silence along the banks, and I will tell you one of these tales; a story as enchanting as the jungle itself. It is about pride, and power, and treasure... and about fangs, and claws, and talons... but mostly, it is about love. My new command was at the edge of the world, surrounded by a million miles of jungle. With me was my daughter Katherine, whom everyone called Kitty. Leading us ...
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Alternate Versions

German version was edited for violence and scary moments (approx. two minutes) to secure a "Not under 6" rating. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Jungle Book (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Emperor Waltz
Composed by Johann Strauss
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User Reviews

 
Just as good as I remember.

My family used to own this on VHS, but I watched it to death. So I was pretty happy when I found it on YouTube. It wasn't the best version, but it didn't matter. I could still recite most of the dialog from memory. This is much much better than the animated "Jungle Book" to me because it's so much more real. Real live animals, real jungle flora, it's just perfect. I also didn't know who John Cleese was at the time, but now I can appreciate his excellent sense of humor.

Mowgli and Katherine have such wonderful chemistry as well. They have a history, and it's easier to feel for characters who do. The soldiers were well cast, with Harley being my favorite. While I prefer Cary Elwes in "The Princess Bride," he's still a good lead and bad guy. I highly recommend this to anyone who hasn't seen it yet.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El libro de la selva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,129,959, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$43,229,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,229,904
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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