October 18, 1967.
Re-released in 1978, 1984, and 1990.
Released on video in 1991.
A live action version of the story was released in 1994.
The Bare Necessities
I Wanna Be Like You
Trust In Me
My Own Home
That's What Friends Are For
Colonel Hathi's March
The film is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Mowgli" stories.
It was the last animated film that was created under Walt Disney's supervision.
Baloo is Hindi for bear.
Bagheera is Hindi for panther.
Hathi is Hindi for elephant.
The four vultures who sing "That's What Friends Are For" are rumored to be modeled after the Fab Four.
"The Bare Necessities" was nominated for an Academy Award in 1967 for Best Music, Song.
Most of the songs in the film were written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, apart from "The Bare Necessities," which was written by Terry Gilkyson.
Frames in the scene where Mowgli is welcomed home were lifted from The Sword in the Stone (when Wart is welcomed home by the keep dogs).
Baloo: What do they call you?
Bagheera: His name is Mowgli, and I'm taking him back to the man village.
Baloo: Man village? They'll ruin him. They'll make a man out of him.
King Louie: Ha-ha, so you're the mancub? Crazy.
Mowgli: I'm not as crazy as you are, put me down.
Baloo: Ha-Ha! Man that's what I call a swinging party.
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The Jungle is JUMPIN'!
The film is set in India, but King Louie is an orangutan which only live in Borneo and Sumatra.
When Colonel Hathi breaks his stick, in the next scene it's shown as being intact again.
Bagheera drops baby Mowgli off with the wolf pack and his basket is shown as being closed, but when he looks back, the basket is open.
When Colonel Hathi orders the troops to halt Winifred it at the front, but later in the scene, there is a grey elephant at the front.
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