When the jungle comes alive with rumours of the man-hating tiger Shere Khan’s return, the wise panther Bagheera knows he’ll have to get the man-cub Mowgli to safety. After being raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, Mowgli is reluctant to leave his home – despite the impending danger. Under the guidance of Bagheera and the laid-back bear Baloo, Mowgli adventures through the jungle to discover friendship, loyalty and his place in the world, while meeting a fabulous cast of friends and foes.
The Jungle Book (1967), Walt Disney Animation Studio’s classic musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved book, has been an animated favourite for over 50 years and features the voice talents of some of the biggest stars of the day, as well as gorgeous animation, classic characters and iconic music and songs from the Sherman Brothers and Terry Gilkyson.
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston supervised the animation for Mowgli and Baloo, who feature in the above sketch. The contrasting size and movements of the young boy and easy-going bear balance one another throughout the film. In the lively musical sequence the “Bare Necessities”, Mowgli appears clumsy and a little unsure while the wise Baloo dances gracefully to the rhythm of the accompanying jazz music, all the while showing Mowgli the ways of the jungle.
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