Film: The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book (or Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book) is a 1994 film directed by Stephen Sommers, loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and starring Jason Scott Lee as Mowgli.

A Walt Disney Pictures film, it includes several shout-outs to Disney's animated film version, including an orangutan nicknamed "King Louis".

Followed by a prequel with lower budgets and none of the same cast, The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story.

A 2016 live-action/CGI adaptation of the animated movie is in the works.

Not to be confused with Jungle Book, the 1942 film starring Sabu as Mowgli.

Tropes related to The Jungle Book (1994 live-action movie):

  • Adaptational Villainy: Kaa is portrayed as a draconic monster who King Louie uses to protect the treasure from thieves.
  • Agony of the Feet: Mowgli is being chased by some angry soldiers and runs across a bed of hot coals. Despite being barefoot, he doesn't seem to notice it. When the soldiers try to follow, they burn their feet despite wearing boots.
  • Anti-Villain: Shere Khan. He's a ruthless killer and even described as "the devil" by those who fear him, but he kills only to preserve the law of the jungle. In the end, he even accepts Mowgli in the jungle and makes him the new keeper of the jungle law.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Wilkins screams at the jungle animals to be quiet.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Captain Boone.
  • Canon Foreigner: Geoffrey Brydon, Katherine Anne "Kitty" Brydon, Dr. Julius Plumford, and William Boone.
  • The Comically Serious: Dr. Plumford.
  • Composite Character:
    • Another Tabaqui example, like the Animated Adaptation, Shere Khan's jackal lackey is absent, though the name is given to Boone's guide. Curiously a more accurate rendition of the novel's Tabaqui also appears in Mowgli's Story however.
    • Kaa's role as the guardian of the treasure in the temple is that of White Hood, a white cobra from the book.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kitty becomes this towards Boone in the second half of the movie.
  • Death by Materialism: Boone sinks in the water due to being dragged down by all the gold he took from the temple...dragged down by his own greed. He doesn't drown though...Kaa follows him into the water and takes him out instead.
  • Demoted to Extra: Most of the animal characters, while the movie focus more on Mowgli's interaction with other humans.
  • Dirty Coward: Wilkins and Buldeo both qualify.
  • Disney Death: Baloo AGAIN.
  • Disney Villain Death: Tabaqui.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Buldeo allowed Mowgli's father Nathoo to be killed by Shere Khan for being reprimanded: "Would you allow someone to break into your house and steal your food?".
  • The Dragon: Kaa appears to be this to King Louis, who summons him when someone attempts to steal treasure, though even Louis fears him.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: A wise man told young Mowgli in his dream that he would confront Shere Khan without fear and become a "creature of the jungle".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Tabaqui and Buldeo were surprised when Boone doesn't seem to care Harley sank into the quicksand.
  • Evil Brit: Captain Boone, naturally.
  • Fanservice: Jason Scott Lee in a loincloth, ladies?
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Everyone, except the aforementioned Disney Villain Death:
    • Harley: Drowns in quicksand.
    • Buldeo: Infected by salt.
    • Wilkins: Mauled by Shere Khan.
    • Boone: Killed by Kaa.
  • Five-Bad Band: The villains.
    • Big Bad: Boone; the main antagonist.
    • The Dragon: Buldeo; Boone's chief partner in the plan to get the treasure.
    • The Evil Genius: Tabaqui; the jungle guide who knows about its dangers the most.
    • The Brute: Harley; big, stupid and vicious.
    • The Dark Chick: Wilkins; Boone's lackey with a distinct whiney personality.
  • Groin Attack: Harley suffered a kick in his "sweets" from Mowgli, twice.
  • Humans Kill Wantonly: Mowgli explains that animals only kill to eat or to keep from being eaten. He doesn't understand the concept of killing out of hatred or sport and is not impressed when one of the hunters tries to explain it to him.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Was promoted as Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, though it bears little in common with the book.
  • Ironic Echo
  • Jungle Opera: Played surprisingly straight, considering it was made in 1994.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Mowgli dubbing the lead orangutang "King Louis" after earlier seeing a portrait of the French king wearing a similar crown.
  • Missing Mom: Mowgli and Kitty's mothers died in childbirth.
  • Montage
  • Mythology Gag:
    • "All the bare necessities of life."
    • Buldeo called Mowgli a "man cub".
    • The inclusion of King Louie.
    • Also, Bagheera is the one who leads Mowgli to the wolf pack in both this and Disney's version.
  • Narrator: Kitty's father, Geoffrey Brydon
  • Nature Hero: Mowgli
  • Nice Hat: Once back in civilization, Mowglie takes notice of a portrait of Louis XIV, particularly his crown similar to the one he saw the lead orangutan wearing.
    Mowgli: (to Kitty) If you see him, tell him I know who took his hat.
  • Noble Savage: "I AM NOT A MAN! And I am not an animal."
  • An Officer and a Gentleman: Colonel Brydon.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Wilkins. He tries trying to explain to Colonel Brydon on his betrayal, only to be silenced by Boone.
  • Quicksand Sucks: The victim even explicitly states "It's sucking me down!" while struggling.
  • Red String of Fate: Mowgli and Kitty
  • The Remake: Arguably a remake of the 1942 film, which it probably owes more to than to the original book. (Definitely not a remake of the Disney animated film; it started as an independent production before Disney became involved.)
  • Slasher Smile: Kaa's default expression.
  • Shout-Out: Soldiers chase Mowgli through a bed of hot coal, just as with Aladdin and the Palace Guards in Aladdin.
  • Taxidermy is Creepy: Mowgli, in a room filled with stuffed animals, imagines hearing them screaming, with each scream punctuated by a gunshot.
  • Temple of Doom
  • What Is Evil?: Mowgli doesn't understand the reason to kill other than protection and food. He doesn't know the meaning of "enemy" and "hate".
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Colonel Brydon, with elephants.
  • You Killed My Father: Shere Khan killed Mowgli's father when he was a young child. Subverted that Mowgli doesn't avenge him by killing Shere Khan because he didn't know and wouldn't if he did since killing for vengeance is against the Jungle Law, and in any case, Shere Khan only killed his father because he stopped him from killing his real target, Buldeo...who returned the favor by running away, leaving him to die. Though Mowgli does, unknowingly, avenge him when he indirectly left a wounded Buldeo in the salt trap.

Tropes related to The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998 live-action movie):

For tropes related to the 2016 live-action movie see here.