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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him into leaving the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.

The early versions of both the screenplay and the soundtrack followed Kipling's work more closely, with a dramatic, dark, and sinister tone which Disney did not want in his family film, leading to writer Bill Peet and composer Terry Gilkyson being replaced. The casting employed famous actors and musicians Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders and Louis Prima, as well as Disney regulars such as Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley and Verna Felton, and the director's son, Bruce Reitherman, as Mowgli.

The Jungle Book was released on October 18, 1967, to positive reception, with acclaim for its soundtrack, featuring five songs by the Sherman Brothers and one by Gilkyson, "The Bare Necessities". The film grossed over $73 million in the United States in its first release, and as much again from two re-releases. Disney released a live-action remake in 1994 and a theatrical sequel, The Jungle Book 2, in 2003; another live-action adaptation was released in 2016.

Cast

Image Character USA Mex Jap Bra Bra(1986) Bra(2014) Fra Ita Pol Neth Hun Fin Isr
Mowgli Mowgli Bruce Reitherman Diana Santos Tatsuya Nakazaki
Baloo Baloo Phil Harris Daisuke Gôri Orlando Drummond Mauro Ramos Pekka Lehtosaari
Bagheera Bagheera Sebastian Cabot Luis Manuel Pelayo Veikko Honkanen
Shere Khan Shere Khan George Sanders Carlos Petrel Esa Saario
Kaa Kaa Sterling Holloway Alfonso Arau Shun Yashiro Jomeri Pozzoli Alexandre Moreno Roger Carel Arnold Gelderman
King Louie King Louie Louis Prima Hamilton Ricardo Márcio Simões Andrzej Arciszewski Ami Mandelman
Colonel Hathi Colonel Hathi J. Pat O'Malley Salvador Carrasco Kôsei Tomita
Winifred Winifred Verna Felton Carmen Donna-Dío Tomie Kataoka Selma Lopes Shafrira Zakai
Hathy Jr Junior Clint Howard
Slob Elephant TJB Slob Elephant Hal Smith Veikko Honkanen
Baboons TJB Baboons Bill Skiles
Pete Henderson
Veikko Honkanen Dov Reiser
Ami Mandelman
Akela Akela John Abbott Guillermo Portillo Acosta Yuzuru Fujimoto Henry Djanik Tibor Kristóf Dov Reiser
Rama Rama Ben Wright Guillermo Portillo Acosta
Flaps Flaps Chad Stuart Mário Monjardim
Buzzie the Vulture Buzzie J. Pat O'Malley Florencio Castelló Dov Reiser
Dizzie the Vulture Dizzie Lord Tim Hudson Francisco Colmenero Mário Monjardim Arnold Gelderman Shimon Cohen
Ziggy Ziggy Digby Wolfe Mário Monjardim Ami Mandelman
Shanti Shanti Darleen Carr Lucie Dolène
Jungle-book-movie-title Narrator Sebastian Cabot Francisco Colmenero