Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo
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The 19th entry into the Disney Animated Canon , released on October 18, Based on a collection of stories of the same name published around by Rudyard Kipling , Disney found The Jungle Book and loved at least some of its ideas, so they chose it for one of their Animated Adaptations. The result was and is widely considered a great Disney film, the best and perhaps most original animated Disney film of the s. That said, this adaptation of The Jungle Book was one of the greatest cases of Adaptation Displacement in history, so great a case that Disney felt free to use some of Mowgli's friends and foes and rivals far, far away from the books and jungles where they were conceived, and so it considers them its own. One of Disney's most publicized features, the film spawned two Animated Series Spin-Offs : TaleSpin , an Anthropomorphic Shift Animated Series that puts three of the main characters from Disney's version of The Jungle Book into an Alternate Continuity , and Jungle Cubs , which focuses on the infant lives of the animal residents of the film. In , a stage version was produced; Disney was not directly involved but might get involved if the show does well enough to get a Broadway run.
The film was adapted for the screen by Bayard Johnson and Matthew Horton. Mowgli is a year-old boy who has been raised deep in the jungle of India by his animal friends: the wolf pack, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the panther. Mowgli also has enemies in the jungle: Shere Khan , the vicious tiger who killed the boy's father; and the Bandar-log , monkeys that are hated by all other animals of the jungle. As Mowgli lies helplessly on the ground, Baloo, Bagheera, and the wolf pack arrive to rescue him. The next morning, Mowgli wakes up and goes hunting with the wolf pack. While hunting, he is spotted by Shere Khan. To escape, Mowgli runs and jumps into the nearby river and is quickly swept away by the swift current.