A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.


Andy Serkis


Callie Kloves (screenplay by), Rudyard Kipling (based on the stories of)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Bagheera (voice)
Cate Blanchett ... Kaa (voice)
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Shere Khan (voice)
Naomie Harris ... Nisha (voice)
Andy Serkis ... Baloo (voice)
Peter Mullan ... Akela (voice)
Jack Reynor ... Brother Wolf (voice)
Eddie Marsan ... Vihaan (voice)
Tom Hollander ... Tabaqui (voice)
Matthew Rhys ... Lockwood
Freida Pinto ... Messua
Rohan Chand ... Mowgli
Keveshan Pillay Keveshan Pillay ... Herding Boy
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Bhoot (voice)
Moonsamy Narasigadu Moonsamy Narasigadu ... Village Man


The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a black panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, except for one; the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. Written by bockalonge

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He was an outcast... a survivor... a legend. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some bloody images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett are all in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Idris Elba, who was Shere Khan (voice) in The Jungle Book (2016), played the character of Heimdall in Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. Andy Serkis played the character of Ulysses Klaw in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Black Panther (2018). Benedict Cumberbatch plays the character Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange (2016), Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. Cate Blanchett plays the character Hela in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). See more »


Mowgli looks about 10 years old. His wolf brothers would be mature adults by this time, but are still depicted as youths, and the parent wolves and Akela are still alive when they would have died of old age. See more »


[first lines]
Kaa: [narrates] I am the jungle's eyes. I can see the past, and the future. It is I, Kaa, who witnessed the coming of man. And the jungle trying to survive. I saw chaos and darkness come to our lands. I saw the tiger, Shere Khan, killing man, and breaking the jungle's ancient law. And then, one fateful night, I saw the jungle place its hopes into the hands of a small creature, the like of which it had never seen before.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros logo is shaded tropical green and yellow (jungle colors).

It briefly appears through Kaa's scales, which fits with Kaa as the narrator of the film. See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: How I Spent My Vacation (2018) See more »


Imperial March Op.32
Written by Edward Elgar
Performed by Adrian Boult (as Sir Adrian Boult) and BBC Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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Isn't Realised To Its Full Potential
8 December 2018 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Packing a far better & more involving story than its Disney counterpart yet failing to make the most of all that was up for grabs, Mowgli (also known as Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) presents a more feral take on Rudyard Kipling's classic fable but still hesitates to embrace its darker retelling as it holds back when it needs to pounce.

The story of Mowgli follows the upbringing of a human kid who's raised by a pack of wolves as one of their own and learns about the harsh but sacred jungle laws under the tutelage of a bear & a black panther. But when his life is threatened by a Bengal Tiger, he's forced to leave the community and must face the truth about his human origins.

Directed by Andy Serkis, the mature themes at play here coupled with more serious approach than earlier adaptations only means that this tale had far greater potential than anyone realised. And it would've absolutely decimated Jon Favreau's take had Serkis managed to refine the narrative and rid the plot of tonal issues that plague it throughout.

Employing motion-capture to make sure the actors' renditions are reflected in their CGI roles, the facial attributes of few animal characters resemble the actors playing them to such an extent that it's somewhat distracting at times. Visual effects isn't up to the mark either, for the CGI looks cartoonish on few occasions while other times it is seamless.

The film attempts to dig into the struggle of a human boy trying to pass as a wolf but in the end, it turns out to be a quick skim instead of a deeper examination. However, the man-cub acts more primal & animalistic in this version, which actually is a much better & more realistic portrait of a character who grew up in a jungle alongside wild animals.

The acting department includes actors performing in live-action, rendering their act with motion capture & lending their voices to their CGI characters and many do well in their respective roles. Christian Bale is quite assuring as Bagheera. Andy Serkis is having too much fun as Baloo. And though Benedict Cumberbatch is fascinating as Shere Khan, he overdoes it at times.

Rohan Chand plays the eponymous character and he is outstanding in the role, far better than that forgettable kid in Disney's live-action flick. Freida Pinto & Matthew Rhys chip in with fine work in their human roles. The background score also lands on the positive side. But the film isn't savage enough, refusing to dig its teeth & rip off the flesh from the body, and that is disappointing.

On an overall scale, Mowgli tackles an ambitious, audacious & far more appealing side of Rudyard Kipling's magnum opus but its improper execution & uneven tone prevents it from realising its full potential. Failing to strike an emotional chord in a way that resonates strongly with the heart, Mowgli has its shares of ups n downs but its interpretation of the famous mythology is actually more interesting than the last attempt. Worth a shot, despite the shortcomings.

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English | Hindi

Release Date:

7 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle Book: Origins See more »

Filming Locations:

Durban, South Africa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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