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The film required the use of over 200 trained animals, including 50 Tigers.
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The film was originally intended to be an independent production. Then Disney became involved and provided additional financing, increasing its budget from $18 million to nearly $30 million in the process.
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During all the scenes involving Shere Khan the set was cleared of non-essential personnel.
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Filming in Monkey City proved to be quite difficult. It was already extremely hot in India (where the scenes were filmed) and the flame ledges used toward the end of the film, routinely caused the ambient temperature to reach 137 degrees Fahrenheit.
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For safety reasons a blue screen was used for all of the moments where an actor is face to face with a big cat.
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The only animal that is not actually a real one is Kaa. Due to the difficulty in training snakes, a combination of CGI, animatronics and puppetry was used. Also in this film adaptation he is not referred to by his name; only once he is referred to as "The Great Snake" by Mowgli.
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During the social gathering at the British palace, Dr. Plumford (John Cleese) comments on the presence of both Indian and English cultures present by saying the party had "all the bare necessities of life"; a nod to the famous song "Bare Necessities" sung by Baloo from the original film The Jungle Book (1967). Later in that same scene, there's a subtler reference to "I Wanna Be Like You" when Wilkins (Jason Flemyng) says "But perhaps he can teach us how the apes dance."
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The animals do not speak in this film adaptation.
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Buldeo was originally intended to be the secondary antagonist in Disney's animated The Jungle Book (1967) and was heavily featured in Rudyard Kipling's stories.
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The international release features a song that is entitled "Two Different Worlds" that plays over the end credits. The song was written by Richard Page, Marc Jordan and Spencer Proffer and performed by Kenny Loggins. It is absent in the US release and instead the end credits feature music composed by Basil Poledouris.
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Lena Heady (Kitty) & Ron Donachie (Sgt. Harley) both appear on HBO's "Game of Thrones". Heady as "Cersei Lannister" and Donachie as "Rodrik Cassel".
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Unlike versions before or since, this is the only time where Shere Khan is not a villain but rather a neutral force of nature. Stephen Sommers stated it would be impossible for him to allow Shere Khan to be killed for his actions seeing how majestic tigers are.
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Disney's first live action remake.
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The character of Tabaqui, played by Anirudh Agarwal, is based on an animal antagonist (an Indian jackal) from the original written works of Rudyard Kipling.
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One of few films that have the principle animal actors' names in the credits. These animal actors were Casey (the main bear who played Baloo), Shadow (the main panther who played Bagheera), Shannon (the wolf who played Grey Brother), Lowell (the orangutan who played King Louie), and Bombay (that main tiger who played Shere Khan).
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Jason Flemyng's film debut.
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Unlike the original and the second remake, King Louie has no desire to rule over the whole jungle. He appears to be content and happy ruling his domain.
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All the scenes featuring King Louie, Lowell, the orangutan playing King Louie, was shot on a soundstage in LA against blue screen due to certain restrictions with primates that didn't allowed the production to bring him on location in India. According to Stephen Sommers, he was the easiest animal to work with and the most entertaining. Lowell loved the attention he was getting from the crew so he started to urinate all over the blue screen which caused the whole crew to burst into laughter. Lowell then started to swat his urine everywhere which caused the laughter to grow louder. His crowning achievement was beginning to suck on his fingers, the laughter continued to grow louder.
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From the KEOL shoulder badges, the soldiers are part of the King Edward's Own Lancers regiment.
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This was Stephen Sommers first movie to be Filmed in Panavision (anamorphic). He would later use this format for The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009).
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Cary Elwes appeared in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) the previous year. Disney's original The Jungle Book (1967) featured Phil Harris, who also appeared in Disney's version of Robin Hood (1973).
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Actor Jason Flemyng was not present for the scene when Wilkins is chased down by Shere Khan and killed. Instead stunt personnel who were experienced in working with animals, particularly with tigers, were involved. The stunt man and the tiger were both trained in a play behavior that gave the appearance of the tiger mauling Wilkins.
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The only villain death that Mowgli directly causes is Tabaqui's (the man dressed in red who is kicked off the cliff).
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Director Stephen Sommers said that the most difficult scene to film was the one in which Mowgli runs back to seek Dr. Plumford's help after Baloo is shot. For the scene a camera was mounted on an ATV and Jason Scott Lee had to run alongside it, careful to remain in frame as well as possible.
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