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The Jungle Book
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Produced by Walt Disney
Screenplay by Larry Clemmons
Ralph Wright
Ken Anderson
Vance Gerry
Floyd Norman (uncredited)
Bill Peet (uncredited)
Narrated by Sebastian Cabot
Starring Bruce Reitherman
Phil Harris
Sebastian Cabot
Louis Prima
George Sanders
Sterling Holloway
Music by George Bruns (Score)
Terry Gilkyson
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman (Songs)
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) October 18, 1967 (1967-10-18)
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Money made $205,843,612

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was released on October 18, 1967. It is the 19th animated movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It was inspired by the stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. It was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. It was the last to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production.

The early versions of both the screenplay and the soundtrack followed Kipling's work more closely. There was a dramatic, dark, and sinister tone which Disney did not want in his family movie. The first writer Bill Peet and composer Terry Gilkyson were replaced. The movie made over $73 million in the United States in its first release.

Cast

  • Bruce Reitherman as Mowgli, an orphaned boy, commonly called "man-cub" by the other characters.
  • Phil Harris as Baloo, a sloth bear who leads a carefree life and believes in letting the good things in life come by themselves.
  • Sebastian Cabot as Bagheera, a serious black panther who wants to take Mowgli back to the village and disapproves of Baloo's carefree approach to life.
  • Louis Prima as King Louie, an ape who wants to be a human.
  • George Sanders as Shere Khan, a smart yet merciless Bengal tiger.
  • Sterling Holloway as Kaa, an Indian python who wants Mowgli as prey.
  • J. Pat O'Malley as Colonel Hathi the Indian elephant/Buzzie the Vulture
  • Verna Felton as Winifred, Colonel Hathi's wife.
  • Clint Howard as Junior, Colonel Hathi's son.
  • Chad Stuart as Flaps the Vulture
  • Lord Tim Hudson as Dizzie the Vulture
  • John Abbott as Akela the Indian Wolf
  • Ben Wright as Father Wolf
  • Darleen Carr as Shanti
  • Leo De Lyon as Flunkey the Baboon*
  • Hal Smith as The Slob Elephant*
  • Ralph Wright as The Gloomy Elephant*
  • Digby Wolfe as Ziggy the Vulture*
  • Bill Skiles and Pete Henderson as Monkeys*

Asterisks mark actors listed in the opening credits as "Additional Voices".

Awards

The song "The Bare Necessities" was nominated for Best Song at the 40th Academy Awards. It lost to "Talk to the Animals" from Doctor Dolittle. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Gregory Peck wanted this movie to be nominated for Best Picture, but he was unsuccessful.

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