Awesome / The Jungle Book

Kipling's Jungle Books

  • When Shere Khan demands that the "man cub" that has crawled into the den of Mother and Father Wolf be returned to him. "It is I, Shere Khan, who speaks!" Mother Wolf says, "And it is I, Raksha [the demon] who answers!" Her answer is no, and Shere Khan hastily backs down.
  • Kaa's introduction story. The plot summary is that Mowgli is kidnapped by the Bandar-log (i.e., monkeys) and Bagheera asks Kaa for help since he's the only creature they really fear in the jungle. When they get in the Bandar-log's place (an abandoned rock temple), they have trapped the boy inside a rocky room full of venomous snakes. How does Kaa gets the boy out? By ramming his head on the wall until it falls! And after all is done and the boy saved, he starts an intricate dance that somehow gets the Bandar-log to approach. When they're close enough and the rest of the good guys are far away, he starts the "Dance of Hungry Kaa".
    Kaa (to Mowgli): Go swiftly, for the moon sets, and what follows it is not well that thou shouldst see.
  • Kaa himself. Especially in "Red Dog". Case in point:
    Kaa (to Mowgli): I have seen a hundred and a hundred rains. Ere Hathi cast his milk-tushes my trail was big in the dust. By the First Egg I am older than many trees, and I have seen all the Jungle has done. [...] I have seen all the dead seasons, and the great trees and the old elephants, and the rocks that were bare and sharp-pointed ere the moss grew. Art thou still alive, Manling?
  • Bagheera also qualifies. If you are more familiar with the Disney version, you might be surprised at just what a formidable panther he originally is. His cunning, understanding of human nature, and boldness made him more feared than Shere Khan, yet his devotion to the Law of the Jungle made him more respected than the tiger as well.

Disney's The Jungle Book
  • Some vultures try to cheer up Mowgli with a barbershop quartet song. That's just really okay, until Shere Khan gets into the action with a terrifying bass voice at the end of the song.
  • Just Shere Khan! The voice is not only perfectly terrifying when he finishes counting to ten, but the tiger sounds like a bored gentleman of high society. While making life hell for the heroes.
  • Baloo and King Louie's Scatting duet: Phil Harris and Louis Prima really ramp it up and the result is fantastic.
  • "Look behind you, chum."
  • Colonel Hathi's wife Winifred, who is somewhat awesome for a minor character in her own right, has her own Moment of Awesome. When Bagheera tries to convince Hathi to help search for Mowgli, Hathi at first refuses, but then Winifred breaks ranks and stands up to her "pompous old windbag!" husband in order to convince him to assist in the search, even threatening to take over command of the herd if he refuses to do so.
    • Truth in Television: Elephant herds are matriarchal. Winifred isn't just threatening to take over; she's actually in charge, just letting her husband lead. She's not going to take control if he doesn't help; she's going to take control back.
  • Bagheera punk-slapping Kaa moments before he eats Moghli. Even better is that it's clear Bagheera knows that Kaa is a force not to be taken lightly but he slapped him none the less.
  • Kaa tries to hypnotize Shere Khan, but Khan simply slaps a choke hold on the python.
  • Just the fact that Louie nearly saved his temple from falling apart is pretty impressive, on top of being hilarious: it was leaning completely over to one side after he and Baloo accidentally destroyed one of the pillars holding it up. He gets under it and lifts the whole temple back into position by himself!
  • In the development of Shanti's scene, Ken Anderson and the Sherman Brothers developed their takes on the scene independently. One day after lunch, Ken invited Bob and Dick to his office and presented the storyboards of the scene. To the brothers, this was a magnificent case of Contrived Coincidence as the storyboards matched up with their song "My Own Home," with the same thing happening to Ken. When they played it to Walt while presenting the storyboards, Walt was impressed and simply said "Let's do it."
  • One of the most understated but powerful moments of the film is Bagheera and Baloo's conversation in which the former finally convinces the latter of the severity of the situation. Even before this, we get this exchange:
    Baloo: I'll take care of him!
    Bagheera: Oh yes, like you did when the monkeys kidnapped him, huh?
    Baloo: Can't a guy make one mistake?
    Bagheera: Not in the jungle.
    • The moment Bagheera mentions Shere Khan, Baloo quits messing around completely and immediately snaps to attention. When Bagheera says Shere Khan hates man's fire and gun, Baloo desperately says that Mowgli doesn't have such weapons, but Bagheera plainly states that Shere Khan won't give Mowgli a chance to get them. Bagheera also tells Baloo that just one swipe from Shere Khan will kill Mowgli and it thoroughly unsettles Baloo, who begins fearing for his own life as well as Mowgli's. He's immediately on board with whatever Bagheera says is best for Mowgli, and sadly realizes what it means. The scene is only a few minutes long but it's a powerful moment of development for Baloo and maybe even audience members sympathetic to Mowgli's desire to stay in the jungle - if Baloo is responsible enough to realize Mowgli must go, then he really must go.

The 1994 Disney live-action movie

  • Mowgli and Shere Khan face off, or should I say "roar off"?
  • And before that, his fight with Boone. And the primates cheer for Mowgli.
    Mowgli: "Strength of a bear, speed of a panther, heart of a wolf...and very sharp teeth!"