The Making of ‘The Jungle Book’ (1967)

Published on Aug 23 2013 // Behind The Scenes, Movies

‘The Jungle Book’ was one of the most loved Disney movies, inspired by the stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. It is also popular for being Walt’s Last Animated Film as he was trying to move on to Live Action Movies and Theme Parks. Even though Walt was not present for the entire production of the movie, it has his mark on everything, as he was known to make all the stories he did, his own.


The documentary – The Bare Necessities: The making of ‘The Jungle Book’, takes a look at the the making of Disney’s most troubled film. It has testimonials from various personalitites working in the Animation Film Industry, from Pixar director Brad Bird, filmmaker Ted Thomas, writer Ken Anderson, Author Neil Gabler, Animation Historians – John Culhane and John Canemaker to Animator James Baxter and many more who talk about the genius of Walt himself and the whole range to legendary Artists and Filmmakers who worked on the movie and have inspired them as well as the whole World.

jungle-book-castDirector Woolie Reitherman with his son Bruce, who provided the voice of Mowgli

It also includes interviews with the director of the movie – “Woolie” Reitherman, Songwriters, the Sherman Brothers – Robert and Richard, at that time Animators – Glen Keane, Eric Goldberg and Will Finn, Larry Clemmons Writer for the movie, Floyd Norman Story Artist for the movie and many more, as they talk about Voice Casting, challenges with Story and the Characters, how great artists like Frank & Ollie and Milt Kahl worked together in this extraordinary collaboration, describe scenes in the movie and how they were achieved, concluding with Walt’s ultimate demise during the production of the movie.

Author – Abhijit Roy, India

Source – The Telegraph (

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