Actually it is not just Mowgly. Baloo, Bagueera, Sherekan and the rest of the characters in The Jungle Book are also turning 50 years old. We are talking about the Disney version which was released in 1967.

10 things you probably did not know about this movie.

  • The first version of the script was too dark according to Disney. Screenwriter Bill Peet left the project and an entire team was hired to rewrite the story.
  • The budget of the film was 20 million dollars and its production lasted more than 5 years. ·         It is the first feature film released (October 14, 1967) following the death of Walt Disney, (who died on December 15, 1966).
  • The film was released in some parts of Europe a year later.
  • The soundtrack was also considered to be kind of sand and they tried to give a much more positive touch to the film. The Sherman brothers wrote much of the soundtrack.
  • Talking about music… the song “The Bare Necessities” was nominated for Best Song at the 40th Academy Awards.

  • Louis Armstrong did not sing this song to avoid racist comments. Louis Prima was finally the actor to give voice to King Louie. We are sure you know this guy, don’t you?

  • The film grossed over $23.8 million worldwide in its first releaseand as much again from two re-releases.
  • The animators traveled to India and studied the wildlife of their jungles for the film. Disney was quite a perfectionist.
  • In the original book, the vultures are grim and evil characters who feast on the dead. Disney lightened it up by having the vultures bearing a physical and vocal resemblance toThe Beatles, including the signature mop-top haircut.

 

And one more extra, just for you… It was planned to have the Beatles to voice the characters and sing their song. But John Lennon refused to work on an animated film.