- Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
name = Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
imdb_id = 0110213
Stephen Sommers Ronald Yanover Mark Geldman(screenplay)
Based on the novel by
Jason Scott Lee Cary Elwes Lena Headey Sam Neill
Edward S. Feldman, Raju Patel
Rajendra Kumar(executive producer)
Yash Johar(associate producer)
Juan Ruiz Anchia Peter Robertson
Walt Disney Pictures
December 23, 1994
running time = 111 minutes
language = English
budget = $27,000,000 (estimated)
"Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" is a
1994 Disney filmbased on the Mowglistories in " The Jungle Book" and " The Second Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Jason Scott Leeas Mowgli and Cary Elwesas his main adversary. It was directed by Stephen Sommers. The original music score was composed by Basil Poledouris.
In the Victorian period, Mowgli is the five-year-old son of a wilderness guide who accompanies his father on a hunting trip in the jungles of their native
Indiaand has Grey Brotheras a pet wolf cub. Mowgli becomes close friends with a British girl named Katherine Anne "Kitty" Brydon, whose father, Colonel Geoffrey Brydon, commissioned the hunt. When Shere Khanattacks the camp and kills Mowgli's father, the boy is lost in the confusion and is left to fend for himself. Bagheerafinds them and leads Mowgli to the wolf pack. Mowgli is befriended by the animals of the jungle including Baloothe bear cub, and they develop an unspoken bond as the growing boy learns to survive. While in the wild, he discovers vast treasure in the ruins of an overgrown and lost city, deep in the jungle.
Years later, after growing to adulthood, Mowgli once again encounters Kitty, who still lives in India with her father and her arrogant and deceitful suitor, Captain William Boone. Kitty and Mowgli recognize each other, and while his powers of speech are rusty, Kitty reintroduces Mowgli to
civilizationwith the help of Dr. Julius Plumford. However, after spending most of his life in the jungle, Mowgli does not feel at home among other people. He falls in love with Kitty, but he concedes to his rival for her affections.
Meanwhile, Captain Boone and his men hatch a plot to force Mowgli to lead them to the treasure. They fail to capture Mowgli, instead working their way through the jungle on their own. Mowgli follows to protect Kitty. Boone's men are killed one by one until only Boone, Kitty, and Mowgli are left.
They finally reach the treasure where Boone starts to pocket all the gold he can find. Guarding the treasure,
Kaascares Boone into falling into the water below them. While Boone is drowning, Kaa strikes and eats him. Shere Khanconfronts Mowgli and Kitty as they exit, and Mowgli and the tiger stare at each other a long time before Shere Khanis stared down and leaves in submission. - the fulfillment of a prophecy Mowgli had in a dream in the beginning of the story. Mowgli is reunited with Kitty and the two kiss underneath a waterfall at the end of the film.
Jason Scott Lee- Mowgli
Cary Elwes- Captain William Boone
Lena Headey- Katherine "Kitty" Brydon
Sam Neill- Colonel Geoffrey Brydon
John Cleese- Dr. Julius Plumford
Jason Flemyng- Lt. John Wilkins
Ron Donachie- Sgt. Harley
Grey Brother- Shannon
King Louie- Lowell
Shere Khan- Bombay
** also various trained
monkeys, elephants, camel, horses, zebu, and wolves
* During the ballroom scene, Dr Plumford says 'The bare necessities of life!' referencing the iconic song
The Bare Necessitiesfrom the animated Jungle Book.
* Shere Khan doesn't have a limp in this version.
* In the movie, Kaa is portrayed both by a computer generated and real
anaconda. In the book, Kaa was an Indian python.
The movie was adaptated into a
1996game, which includes clips from the film, while providing an original story and new characters.
The game follows the player in his/her quest to save the jungle. Soldiers have stolen King Louie's crown the player must recover it to prevent the jungle from losing its magic. You are aided by an Englishman named Ilgwom and his chimpanzee, Lahtee.
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