Western Animation: Jungle Cubs

Jungle Cubs is an animated TV series spun off from the Disney movie The Jungle Book.

Jungle Cubs provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Emphasized even more so with the show, where both Shere Khan and Kaa were friends with Baloo and the others in their early life (if still somewhat antagonistic). This is emphasized in a darkly comic moment in which young Kaa snatches a small bird, seemingly set on devouring it, instead pleasantly greeting it good morning before letting it go, having already had a large meal (revealing a large bulge in his tail as he slithers off).
    Kaa: 'Tis good to eat, but 'tis better to have eaten.
  • Badass Boast: Shere Khan gets one in "Nice Tiger":
    Shere Khan: Don't ever say my name and the word nice in the same sentence! There's not a speck of niceness in my entire body! Nice germs die when they get within a hundred - no, a thousand feet of me!
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After getting a bump on the head in "Shere Bliss", Shere Kahn becomes happy and outgoing. The cubs had wished for him to loosen up at the beginning of the episode, but eventually get tried of his new personality.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Baloo
  • Butt Monkey / The Chew Toy: Kaa
  • Continuity Nod: Several, including a few in the intro. Most obvious are the ruins where the cubs hang out, which are the same ruins Louie and the monkeys rule over in the movie - the biggest one might be an episode where Louie finds out he's destined to be king of the jungle, and learns he has what it takes to be the just, kind ruler that everyone needs someday. Ironically...
    • It should be mentioned that Louie is often referred to as a "Prince" in the first season, which seemed to imply that he was meant to be king from the beginning. However, in the second season this is completely ignored in favor of the whole monkey prophecy thing.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Flanderization: The characters personalities become more exaggerated in the second season. For example, Hathi goes from just being absentminded to more of a naive klutz, Bagheera is incredibly uptight and freaks out at the slightest bit of disorganization, and Shere Khan becomes more of a stereotypical bully.
  • Forbidden Friendship: Kaa the python and Mungo the mongoose.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The main characters' friendship peters out and dies - they all end up being not-so-close, while Shere Khan and Kaa take places as more menacing predators in the jungle and become entirely estranged from the rest.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Baloo is phlegmatic, Bagheera is melancholic, Shere Khan is choleric, Louie is sanguine. Hathi and Kaa qualify as supine.
  • "I Want" Song: "When We Find Our Treasure".
  • Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shere Khan, depending on the episode.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Bagheera, Shere Khan, and Hathi all have American accents in the show. This is made all the more jarring due to "Born To Be Wild" replicating their original British voices for their adult forms.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: There's a surprisingly long sequence of this when Baloo and Kaa were presumed dead.
    Louie: I keep thinking they'll turn up around the next bend. I tell you, animal, it's nuts. (blasely says hi to Baloo) Everywhere I look, I see their faces.
    Bagheera: Weird, now I'm seeing 'em too.
    Baloo: Hey, what's with you Lou? You look like you lost your best friend or something.
    Louie: (Looking away) I did...
    Baloo: That's terrible! Who?
    Louie: You. (Eyes bulge) WOAH! HANG ON A SEC! BALOO! (shakes him madly) YOU'RE ALIVE!
    Baloo: (dazed) Last time I checked.
  • The Other Darrin: Justified for advancing 3 of the characters to match them growing up.
  • Only Sane Man / Closer to Earth: Bagheera, as the voice of reason possibly even more so than in the movies.
  • Running Gag: While he does so once in the first movie, this show really started the "Bagheera falls into a body of water" gag, which happens almost Once an Episode, that was used three times in the sequel.
    • The two ever-hungry vultures Arthur and Cecil always end up beaten up, crushed, mauled etc while attempting to make a meal out of the main characters.
  • Spin-Off Babies: Natch.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Shere Kahn
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: The cubs reaction to Shere Kahn becoming energetic and friendly after getting a bump on the head in "Shere Bliss".
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Judging by the episode where Shere Khan's reaction to his (off-screen) parents is shown, Shere Khan is one of these. May also be a Freudian Excuse for some of his later villainy.