Jungle Cubs
Jungle Cubs Title.jpg
Also known asJungle Cubs
Genre
Created byMark S. Bernthal
Based onThe Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book
by Larry Clemmons
Ralph Wright
Ken Anderson
Vance Gerry
Bill Peet
Written by
  • Sam Graham
  • Chris Hubbell
  • Tedd Anasti
  • Patsy Cameron
  • Lesa Kite
  • Roger Reitzel
  • Peter K. Hirsch
  • David Weimers
  • Seth MacFarlane
  • Scott Gray
Directed by
  • Chris Bartleman
  • Joe Horne
  • Kenny Thompkins
  • Blair Peters
  • Mircea Mantta
Voices of
Theme music composerLou Rawls
Opening theme"The Bare Necessities"
Ending theme"The Bare Necessities" (instrumental)
ComposerStephen James Taylor
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21 (34 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Tedd Anasti
  • Patsy Cameron
Producers
  • Chris Bartleman
  • Kenny Thompkins
  • Blair Peters
  • Mircea Mantta
Editors
  • Peter Lonsdale
  • Robert S. Birchard
  • Carol Lewis
  • John Royer
Running time22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production companyWalt Disney Television Animation[a]
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatDolby Stereo
Original releaseOctober 5, 1996 (1996-10-05) –
January 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)

Disney's Jungle Cubs is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation for ABC in 1996, serving as the prequel to the 1967 film The Jungle Book as it's set in the youth of the animal characters years before the event of the film.[1] The show was a hit, running for two seasons in syndication before its re-runs to the Disney Channel. The show was broadcast on Toon Disney, but was taken off the schedule in 2001. Re-runs aired on Disney Junior in the US from 2012 to 2013. The show also aired in the United Kingdom on Disney Cinemagic and in Latin America.

The show's theme song is a hip hop version of the song, "The Bare Necessities" performed by Lou Rawls. Jungle Cubs was animated by Walt Disney Television Animation (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd., Thai Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd., Toon City Animation, Inc., and Sunmin Image Pictures Co., Ltd., with Studio B Productions, as the animation pre-production studio of the series.

Characters

The Jungle Cubs kids: Shere Khan, Kaa, Bagheera, Baloo, Hathi, and Louie.
The Jungle Cubs kids: Shere Khan, Kaa, Bagheera, Baloo, Hathi, and Louie.

Locations

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11913October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)December 28, 1996 (1996-12-28)
2158October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)January 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)

Season 1 (1996)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date
11"A Night in the Wasteland"Kenny ThompkinsSam Graham and Chris HubbellJill Colbert, Denise Koyama,
Michael A. Swanigan and Phil Weinstein
October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)

Attempting to prove his courage after a joke by Louie and Baloo, Shere Khan vows to travel to Pinnacle Rock in the wasteland unaware that the ruthless baboon Mahra and her sons Ned, Jed, and Fred have returned and Mahra wants a new fur blanket.

Note: This episode features the song, "Take Your Sweet Sweet Time". Also, this is a two-part episode.
22"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"The Humans Must Be Crazy"
Kenny Thompkins
Mircea Mantta
Carter Crocker
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Dev Ross
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Michael Bennett and Victor Cook
Robert Onorato and Norma Rivera
October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)

"How the Panther Lost His Roar": Bagheera's feelings of inadequacy when compared to Khan are worsened when he loses his voice.

"The Humans Must Be Crazy": Bagheera becomes convinced that an old pocket-watch will make him a great hunter.
33"Hathi Meets His Match"
"Buffaloed"
Kenny ThompkinsStory editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Jane Kagon and Ed Greenberg
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Enrique May
Alan Wright
October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)

"Hathi Meets His Match": A young female elephant named Winifred is separated from her family – owned by humans – after a fire in their village, and runs into Hathi.

"Buffaloed": Khan is tricked into fighting against an elderly water buffalo by Cecil and Arthur. When he finds out, he gets help from Baloo to get even with the vultures.
44"Mondo Mungo"
"Bare Necessities"
Kenny ThompkinsSam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Carter Crocker
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Carin-Anne Anderson
Alan Wright
October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)

"Mondo Mungo": Kaa befriends a young mongoose named "Mungo" and the pair strike up a friendship despite being natural enemies.

"Bare Necessities": The Cub's attempts to prepare for the monsoon season are hampered by Baloo's laziness, but he soon becomes their only hope when they are trapped in a cave as the monsoons begin.
55"Who Wants to Be a Baboon?"Mircea ManttaPeter Lawrence
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Jill Colbert and John FlaggNovember 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
After being the victim of one too many jokes, Louie leaves the Cubs and becomes Mahra's assistant.
66"Red Dogs"Mircea ManttaSam Graham and Chris HubbellCarin-Anne Anderson, Alan Wright
and Suraiya Daud
November 9, 1996 (1996-11-09)

Louie tricks Kaa into believing that Baloo's sleepwalking is the result of his attempts at hypnosis, sending Kaa out after Baloo just as the lethal red dogs return to The Jungle, with only Baloo to save the day.

Note: This episode was inspired by "Red Dog", a chapter from Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book.
77"The Great Kaadini"Kenny ThompkinsSam Graham and Chris HubbellVictor CookNovember 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)

Kaa accidentally hypnotizes the vultures, turning them into competent hunters totally obedient to his commands.

Note: This episode features the song, "Kaa's Song".
88"Hulla Baloo"
"Shere Bliss"
Mircea Mantta
Kenny Thompkins
Arthur Sellers
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Seth MacFarlane
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Carin-Anne Anderson and Victor Cook
Joe Horne
November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)

"Hulla Baloo": Louie becomes jealous when Baloo begins to spend more time with another bear after he saved his life.

"Shere Bliss": When Khan becomes a more fun-loving cat after a bump on the head, the Cubs find themselves trying to bring him back to normal.
99"Treasure of The Middle Jungle"Mircea ManttaPeter Lawrence
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Enrique May and Robert OnoratoNovember 30, 1996 (1996-11-30)

When a shrew tells the animals about the long-lost 'Treasure of the Middle Jungle', the group - minus Bagheera and Hathi - set out to find it, only to come face-to-face with the massive Cobra Whitehood.

Note: This episode was inspired by "The King's Ankus". a chapter from Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book. This episode features the song, "When We Find Our Treasure".
1010"Feather Brains"
"Benny & Clyde"
Kenny Thompkins
Mircea Mantta
Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Gordon Kent
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Jill ColbertDecember 7, 1996 (1996-12-07)

"Feather Brains": Cecil falls in love with a female vulture named Clarice and kicks Arthur out of the nest. Arthur then, unsuccessfully, tries to bond with Khan.

"Benny & Clyde": Louie is forced to look after his younger cousins.
1111"Splendor in the Mud"Kenny ThompkinsDev Ross
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Jill Colbert and Victor CookDecember 14, 1996 (1996-12-14)
When the boys play a few pranks, Winifred's uncle gets very upset and tells Hathi that he will never see her again. After her uncle gets hurt by a mother rhinoceros he feels very ill, and he wants to find the red clay in the wasteland for him to recover, the cubs become his only hope. Includes the song "Jungle Cub Love"
1212"Trouble on the Waterfront"
"Fool Me Once..."
Mircea ManttaJane Kagon and Ed Greenberg
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Arthur Sellers
Story editors : Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
Enrique May
Robert Onorato
December 21, 1996 (1996-12-21)

"Trouble on the Waterfront": The Cubs break out into violent arguments when a drought destroys almost their entire water supply.

"Fool Me Once...": After a particularly harsh prank by Baloo and Louie, a sad and depressed Bagheera fakes his death to get even.

Note: The first segment was inspired by "How Fear Came", a chapter from Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book, in which there is a drought in the jungle and a limited water supply.
1313"The Coming of the Wolves"Mircea ManttaSam Graham and Chris HubbellCarin-Anne Anderson, Robert Onorato
and Alan Wright
December 28, 1996 (1996-12-28)
The cubs find themselves caught between two runaway wolves: Akela and his pregnant mate Leah who hide at the temple to evade their pack led by villainous alpha wolf Cain.

Season 2 (1997–98)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date
141"The Ape Who Would Be King"Chris BartlemanTedd Anasti and Patsy CameronLouie Escauriaga, Lazarino Baarde, Steve Gan,
Renato Otacan and Alan Wright
October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)

The Cubs learn of a prophecy that states that Louie will some day be king of the jungle, but Khan wants the role for himself.

Note: Includes the song "Everything's Gonna Be Right with the World."
152"Trunks For The Memories"
"Kasaba Ball"
Chris BartlemanTedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron
Lesa Kite
Lazarino Baarde, Steve Gan and David EarlOctober 18, 1997 (1997-10-18)

"Trunks For The Memories": Hathi's best friend Johar may have to part ways with him when the elephant herd breaks in two due to a food shortage.

"Kasaba Ball": The Cubs divide into teams- Louie, Bagheera, and Baloo against Khan, a monkey named Lepe, and the inappropriately-named rhinoceros 'Tiny'- in a game of 'Kasaba Ball' (the jungle's equivalent of football).
163"Hathi's Makeover"
"Curse of The Magnificent Melon"
Chris BartlemanLesa Kite
Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron
Louie Escauriaga, Lazarino Baarde, Steve Gan and David EarlOctober 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)

"Hathi's Makeover": Hathi tries to become a different kind of animal after he becomes ashamed of being an elephant.

"Curse of The Magnificent Melon": After stealing Hathi's prized melon, Baloo finds himself apparently followed by a mass of frogs accusing him of the crime.
174"The Five Bananas"
"Birthday Snake"
Chris BartlemanMichael Karnow & Lance Khazei
Story by: Don London
Teleplay by: Roger Reitzel
Lazarino Baarde, Steve Gan and David EarlNovember 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)

"The Five Bananas": The cubs form a band for an upcoming talent show, but split before the show starts because each of them believes they are the most important instrument in the band.

"Birthday Snake": Kaa resorts to hypnosis when he thinks that the others have forgotten his birthday.
185"Old Green Teeth"
"The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No"
Chris Bartleman and Blair PetersPeter Hirsch
Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron
Louie Escauriaga
David Earl
November 8, 1997 (1997-11-08)

"Old Green Teeth": Louie suffers a crisis of confidence when the Five Bananas are invited to perform for an old idol of his.

"The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No": Hathi's inability to say 'no' to anyone results in him having to abandon a game of shadow puppets with Winifred and forced to take care of a basket full of crazy woodpeckers that was passed from a sloth to a bighorn sheep to a crane to a warthog and into Hathi's possession
196"Hair Ball"
"A Tale of Two Tails"
Chris Bartleman, Blair Peters and Mauro CasaleseScott Gimple
Teleplay by: David Wiemers and Roger Reitzel
Steve Gan, David Earl and Eduardo SorianoNovember 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)

"Hair Ball": Bagheera runs away from the jungle in embarrassment after coughing up a hairball in front of the entire jungle, resulting in him joining the 'Embarrassment Club', consisting of various animals who unintentionally humiliated themselves in public.

"A Tale of Two Tails": Kaa and Khan take advantage of Louie's kindness after they sustain "injuries" to their tails while saving him.
207"Waiting For Baloo"
"Tree For Two"
Chris Bartleman and Blair PetersStory by: David Wiemers
Teleplay by: Roger Reitzel
Story by: Lesa Kite
Teleplay by: Peter Hirsch
Rento Otacan and David EarlNovember 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)

"Waiting For Baloo": Baloo is entrusted with delivering a bunch of bananas to the baboons and the Buffaloes.

"Tree For Two": Bagheera and Louie have difficulty getting along when they are forced to live together after a storm destroys their old homes.
218"Nice Tiger"
"Sleepless In The Jungle"
Chris Bartleman, Blair Peters and Mauro CasaleseTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronDave Pemberton, Steve Gan and David EarlJanuary 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)

"Nice Tiger": Khan tries to convince the other cubs that there's nothing nice about him, but they all think differently.

"Sleepless In The Jungle": Baloo has difficulty sleeping due to his concerns about the potential water shortage.

Note: This is the first and only episode to have "The Bare Necessities" sung, outside of the opening sequence.

Voice cast

Additional voices

Crew

Home media

VHS releases

US releases

Two VHS releases containing 6 episodes of the series were released in the United States.

VHS name Episode titles Release date
Cub House Fun "Hathi Meets His Match"
"A Night in the Wasteland"
"Mondo Mungo"
June 12, 1996 (1996-06-12)
Crazy Congo Capers "The Great Kaadini"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Who Wants to be a Baboon?"
April 13, 1997 (1997-04-13)

UK, Australia and New Zealand releases

Three VHS releases containing 11 episodes of the series were released in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. These international releases included newly-animated wraparounds set at unspecified points during the original film with Mowgli (voiced by Tyler Mullen) interacting with the characters as adults, as they recall events from their childhood through the series' episodes. In these segments, Baloo is voiced by Ed Gilbert, Bagheera,[2] Hathi, Kaa and Louie are voiced by Jim Cummings and Shere Khan is voiced by Tony Jay. Gilbert, Cummings and Jay reprised their roles from TaleSpin.

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date
Jungle Cubs (Volume 1): Born to be Wild "A Night in the Wasteland"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Red Dogs"
August 15, 1997 (1997-08-15)
Jungle Cubs (Volume 2): Once Upon a Vine "Who Wants to be a Baboon?"
"Hathi Meets His Match"
"The Treasure of the Middle Jungle"
February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27)
Jungle Cubs (Volume 3): Monkey Business "The Great Kaadini"
"Benny & Clyde"
"The Coming of the Wolves"
May 15, 1998 (1998-05-15)

DVD releases

On September 8, 2003, one DVD containing three episodes of the series was released in the United Kingdom.[3]

DVD Name Episode Titles Release Date
Born to Be Wild "A Night in the Wasteland"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Red Dogs"
September 8, 2003 (2003-09-08)

Australian and New Zealand releases

On September 12, 2003, three DVDs containing eleven episodes of the series was released.

DVD Name Episode Titles Release Date
Born to be Wild "A Night in the Wasteland"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Red Dogs"
September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
Once Upon a Vine "Who Wants to be a Baboon?"
"The Humans Must Be Crazy"
"Hathi Meets His Match"
"Mondo Mungo"
"The Treasure of the Middle Jungle"
September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
Monkey Business "The Great Kaadini"
"Benny & Clyde"
"The Coming of the Wolves"
September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)

Digital releases

In 2016, the entire series was made available for purchase on digital in the United States through Amazon Instant Video, ITunes, and Google Play. As of 2022, the series has yet to be released on Disney+.

Titles in other languages

Notes

  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Toon City Animation, Wang Film Productions, Sunmin Image Pictures, and Walt Disney Animation (Australia) with pre-production by Studio B Productions and additional production by Thai Wang Film Productions.

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 327. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ "Bagheera (Adult)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  3. ^ "Jungle Cubs [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. September 8, 2003. Retrieved November 14, 2013.