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The Jungle Book: The Adventures of Mowgli
ジャングルブック 少年モーグリ
(Janguru Bukku Shōnen Mōguri)
Anime television series
Directed byFumio Kurokawa
Written byKimio Yabuki
Music byHideo Shimazu
StudioNippon Animation
Mondo TV[1]
Sunrise Studio
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run 2 October 1989 (1989-10-02) 29 October 1990 (1990-10-29)
Episodes52 (List of episodes)

The Jungle Book (ジャングルブック 少年モーグリ, Janguru Bukku Shōnen Mōguri) is an Italian-Japanese anime adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's original collection of stories, The Jungle Book. It aired in 1989, and consists of a total of 52 episodes.

The series, a compromise between the original Mowgli stories and the Walt Disney version, received international acclaim and was aired in different countries around the world. It was especially popular in India, where it was dubbed in Hindi.[2] The Indian version featured an original Hindi opening song, "Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai", with lyrics by Gulzar, which became popular in India, with a version of the song later used for the Indian release of Disney's The Jungle Book (2016).[3] It was released in the United States as The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli.

Plot

Mowgli is a "man-cub" (human child) who was raised by Akela's pack. He grows up in the jungle with Baloo, Kaa and Bagheera while ending up having to deal with the plots of Shere Khan, Grizzle and Tabaqui.

Characters

Main characters

Supporting characters

The family of the Seeonee wolf pack

Villains

Episodes

Main article: List of Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 52 2 October 1989 (1989-10-02) 29 October 1990 (1990-10-29)


Voice cast

Japanese voice actors

English voice actors

Music

The Japanese opening and closing themes, "Get UP ~Aio Shinjite~ (Get UP ~I Believe in Love~)" and "Chikyuu No Ko (地球の子 lit. "Child of the Earth") are sung by the Japanese vocalists Toshiya Igarashi and Shiori Hashimoto respectively. Music from the Japanese version of Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics was recycled for the anime.

The French version features similar opening and closing themes. The English opening and closing themes, "Wake Up" and "A Child is learning", are both sung by the American vocalist Suzi Marsh.

A song Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai (जंगल जंगल बात चली है) was created for Hindi dubbed version with original music by Vishal Bhardwaj, lyrics by Gulzar and sung by Amol Sahdev.[5][6]

Home media

In 1990, Strand VCI Entertainment released only the first seventeen episodes separately on VHS under the title of The Jungle Book. Distributed by Nippon Video, they are now out-of-print, but under its original title, the show has been released as a couple of DVD box sets of the entire series in Japan, and as select individual episodes on four DVDs (two episodes per DVD) in Australia.

In India, the entire series has been released as an eight-volume DVD box set in English and Hindi separately by Eagle Home Entertainment. An Italian dub was released in June 2008. These are the few international nations (probably as far as they are known to date) in which the series has been brought to DVD.

A couple releases in the United States by Shout! Factory, one a single disc under the title The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli – The Beginning and the other a six-disc collection of the whole series titled The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli – Complete Collection were released on June 18, 2013. They feature high-quality recordings of the English dub. As of 2021, both DVDs are out-of-print.

References

  1. ^ "The Jungle Book". Mondo Tv Studios.
  2. ^ "A romp through The Jungle Book - IN SCHOOL". The Hindu. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Reworked version of Gulzar's Jungle, Jungle Baat Chali Hai for 'The Jungle Book' film". 22 March 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  5. ^ Mishra, Ambarish; Devidaya, Namita (24 February 2009). "Gulzar: Man Of many seasons". Times of India. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  6. ^ "On a new track". The Hindu. 16 July 2002. Archived from the original on 28 September 2002. Retrieved 11 July 2017.