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The Jungle Book

78 min
Animation | Adventure | Family | Musical
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1967-12-07
Filming Locations: Walt Disney Studios, 500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $7,708,029 (USA) (13 July 1990)
Gross: $44,645,619 (USA) ( 1990)
Phil Harris
'Baloo' the Bear
Sebastian Cabot
'Bagheera' the Panther
Bruce Reitherman
'Mowgli' the Man Cub
George Sanders
Shere Khan the Tiger
Sterling Holloway
'Kaa' the Snake
Louis Prima
King Louie of the Apes
J. Pat O'Malley
Col. Hathi the Elephant
Verna Felton
Clint Howard
Chad Stuart
Lord Tim Hudson
John Abbott
Wolf (voice)
Ben Wright
Wolf (voice)
Darleen Carr
The Girl
Leo DeLyon
Hal Smith
Slob Elephant
Digby Wolfe
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All of the 'scatting' in the film was improvised by Phil Harris and Louis Prima.
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When Gregory Peck was the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science, he tried his hardest to get a full-length animated feature film (most notably the The Jungle Book (1967)) not only nominated for Best Picture Academy Award but actually win the award. He resigned as President in 1970 when other members didn't agree with him about animated films being nominated for the award. It would be over 20 years later before the Academy would reconsider, allowing Beauty and the Beast (1991) to be nominated.
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Rudyard Kipling's Hindi names for the animals are related to their species. Baloo: bear, Bagheera: panther, and Hathi: elephant. Shere Khan means Tiger King.
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Although Baloo has only four claws on either hand in most scenes, in a few he also has additional opposable thumbs.
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After the fight with the monkeys Baloo and Bagheera have black eyes. They seem to be reversed at one point, but that's because they're looking at reflections in a pond.
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The story takes place in India, yet King Louie is an orangutan - they live in Borneo and Sumatra.
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Akela: [to his fellow wolves about Mowgli] 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?
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The Girl: [singing] Father's hunting in the forest / Mother's cooking in the home / I must go to fetch the water / 'Til the day that I'm grown /'Til I'm grown, 'til I'm grown / I must go to fetch the water/ 'Til the day that I'm grown / Then I will have a handsome husband / And a daughter of my own / And I'll send her to fetch the water / I'll be cooking in the home / Then I'll send her to fetch the water / I'll be cooking in the home
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Mowgli: [to King Louie] What do you want me for?
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Why is the movie entitled 'The Jungle Book' when there are no references to the original book in the movie?
Originally, storyman Bill Peet (who wrote One Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Sword in the Stone) decided to follow closely the dramatic, dark, and sinister tone of Kipling's book. However, Walt Disney resented Peet's treatment feeling it was too dark for family audiences, and urged for a lighter tone for the movie. After Peet's departure from the project, all references to Kipling's book in his treatment were subsequently dropped except for his characterizations, and replaced with comedic gags and emotional sequences.
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