The Jungle Book

Synopsis: Abandoned after an accident, baby Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of wolves. As the boy grows older, the wise panther Bagheera realizes he must be returned to his own kind in the nearby man-village. Baloo the bear however thinks differently taking the young Mowgli under his wing and teaching that living in the jungle is the best life there is. Bagheera realizes that Mowgli is in danger, particularly from Shere Khan the tiger who hates all people. When Baloo finally comes around, Mowgli runs off into the jungle where he survives a second encounter with Kaa the snake and finally, with Shere Khan. It's the sight of a pretty girl however that gets Mowgli to go the nearby man-village.
Director(s): Wolfgang Reitherman
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min

Many strange legends are told

Of these jungles of India...

but none so strange as the story

of a small boy named Mowgli.

It all began when the silence

Of the jungle was broken by

an unfamiliar sound.

It was a sound like one never heard

before in this part of the jungle.

It was a man cub!

Had I known how deeply

I was to be involved...

I would've obeyed my

first impulse and walked away.

This man cub would have to

have nourishment, and soon.

It was many days travel

to the nearest man village...

and without a mother's care,

he would soon perish.

Then it occurred to me.

A family of wolves I knew

had been blessed with a litter of cubs.

Oh, I knew there'd be no problem

with the mother thanks to

the maternal instinct, but...

I wasn't so sure

about Rama, the father.

Ten times the rains

had come and gone.

And I often stopped by to see how Mowgli

the man cub was getting along.

He was a favorite of all

the young wolf cubs of the pack.

No man cub was

ever happier.

And yet, I knew

that someday...

he would have to go back

to his own kind.

Then one night, the wolf pack

elders met at council rock...

because Shere Khan

the tiger...

had returned to

their part of the jungle.

This meeting was to change

the man cub's entire future.

Shere Khan will surely kill the boy

and all who try to protect him.

Now, are we all in agreement

as to what must be done?

Now it is my unpleasant duty

to tell the boy's father.

Rama. Uh, come

over here, please.

- Yes, Akela?

- The council has reached its decision.

The man cub can no longer

stay with the pack.

- He must leave at once.

- Leave?

I'm sorry, Rama.

There is no other way.

But... But the man cub is...

Well, he's like my own son.

Surely he's entitled to

the protection of the pack.

But, Rama, even the strength of the pack

is no match for the tiger.

But the boy cannot survive

alone in the jungle.

Akela. Perhaps

I can be of help.

You, Bagheera? How?

I know of a man village

where he'll be safe.

Mowgli and I have taken many

walks into the jungle together,

so I'm sure he'll go with me.

So be it. Now there's

no time to lose. Good luck.


I'm getting a little sleepy.

Shouldn't we start back home?

Mowgli, this time

we're not going back.

- I'm taking you to a man village.

- But why?

Because Shere Khan has returned

to this part of the jungle.

And he has sworn

to kill you.

Kill me? But why would he

wanna do that?

He hates man.

And Shere Khan is not going to allow you

to grow up to become a man...

just another hunter

with a gun.

Aw, we'll just explain to him that

I'd never do a thing like that.

Nonsense. No one explains

anything to Shere Khan.

Well, maybe so.

But I'm not afraid.

- And besides, I...

- Now that's enough.

We'll spend the night here.

Things will look better in the morning.

Man cub? Man cub!

Now come on, up this tree.

Be safer up there.

I don't wanna go back

to the man village.

Go on. Up you go.

- That limb way up there?

- That's right.

Is that all the better

you can climb?

I... Oh... It's

too big around.

And besides, I don't

have any claws.

Now, get some sleep.

We've got a long journey

ahead of us tomorrow.

I... I wanna stay

in the jungle.

Huh? You wouldn't

last one day.

I'm not afraid. I-I can

look out for myself.

Say now, what have we here?

It's a man cub.

A delicious man cub.

Oh, go away and

leave me alone.

Oh, that's just what I

should do, but I'm not.

Now, now, please go

to sleep, man cub.

Yes, man cub.

Please go to sleep.

Please go to sleep

Sleep, little man cub

Rest in peace

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Larry Clemmons

Larry Clemmons (November 25, 1906 – July 27, 1988) was an American animator, screenwriter and voice actor who was well known for being the writer for Bing Crosby on his various radio programs and as one of the original animators for The Walt Disney Company. more…

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