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YMMV: The Jungle Book

For the original books:

  • Draco in Leather Pants / Ron the Death Eater: It's very common for people to depict Nag and Nagaina as a sympathetic mother and father trying to help raise their family, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi as the villain...because being good parents is a perfectly legitimate reason to murder three innocent humans!
  • Fair for Its Day: Kipling is widely recognized as a jingoist, proud of British Imperialism and all its accomplishments. Certainly there's an uncomfortableness in some of the themes in the books. However, the Jungle Books held some lessons that are still very apposite, and his depiction of the seals' plight in 'The White Seal' is a heartbreaker very much in tune with modern views.
  • Iron Woobie: Mowgli himself, all the way. His entire life is one long, hard lesson about 1; learning how to be stronger than those who try to kill you, and 2; anyone might betray you and try to kill you before you even understand why.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Shere Khan, actually. Hunting humans is a crime, but with his injured back leg, he doesn't have much of a choice if he wants to stay alive.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Killing defenseless babies (cobras still in their eggs) is acceptable if the babies' parents (Nag and Nagaina) were evil.

For the Disney animated movie:

  • Adaptation Displacement: More people know about the aforementioned Disney movie than Kipling's books.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Shere Khan could be interpreted as an avenger against Man, seeing how they have hunted and killed his species purely for their striped pelts.
    • In the books, he's born crippled, meaning he finds it easier to hunt humans. This is a common explanation for many man-eating predators. The film removes his lameness, and therefore his reason for attacking humans.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Mowgli seems far more choked up about leaving Baloo (who he's known for all of a couple of days) than his wolf family that raised him for about a decade. In the sequel despite pining for the jungle for so long he does not even make so much as a passing mention of them.
  • Badass Decay: Baloo in the sequel, to the point that Mowgli must teach him how to roar like a bear.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kaa is praised as one of the most entertaining villains in Disney Animated Canon and, due to his Hypnotic Eyes, has garnered an unusual fanbase. A second scene was in fact produced for the movie after he proved popular with test audiences.
    • While Shere Khan had little screen-time for a Disney baddie, his build-up and mannerism made him quite the scene-stealer when he finally made his appearances.
  • Evil Is Cool: Shere Khan the tiger arguably personifies this trope.
    • Itís kind of funny considering heís a lesser evil Disney Villain and can still encompass this trope. This is what happens when youíre portrayed as a big, brutal Badass and a well-mannered gentleman.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • Baloo's concern that the Man Village "will make a man out of [Mowgli]" becomes funnier once you've seen the film's spinoff series TaleSpin, which stars a fully-anthropomorphized Baloo.
    • Shere Khan is a tiger with a British voice and is implied to be somewhat insane. Richard Waugh later mentions that he used Shere Khan's voice as the inspiration for how he would voice Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil series, who is a really bad individual and also happens to possess feline eyes after a certain incident involving a serum.
    • "That's What Friends Are For" was originally going to be more faithful to what The Beatles were doing, but Walt thought it would make the movie dated.
  • Ho Yay: So much between Baloo and Bagheera.
    • In particular, this exchange:
    Bagheera: You can't adopt Mowgli as your son.
    Baloo: Why not?
    Bagheera: How can I put it... Baloo, birds of a feather should flock together. You wouldn't marry a panther, would you?
    Baloo: I don't know. [laughs] Come to think of it, no panther ever asked me. [nudges Bagheera in the ribs]
  • In Name Only: Walt Disney actually told his writers NOT to read the book.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: It's not so much that people don't know the book exists, it's more the fact that people don't seem to understand that the novel and the Disney animated movie are vastly different in more ways than one.
  • Memetic Badass: One of the main reasons why Shere Khan is so popular.
  • Memetic Molester: Kaa's hypnotizing ability has led to a lot of fanwork of a very specific type.
  • Memetic Mutation: "What are we gonna do?" "I don't know; whatcha wanna do?" "Hey, don't start that again!"
  • Memetic Sex God: Kaa...well..at least for people with a hypnosis fetish.
  • One-Scene Wonder: King Louie.
  • Toy Ship: Mowgli can't be older than ten, but that doesn't stop the similar-aged village girl Shanti from making goo-goo eyes at him.
  • Unfortunate Implications: To some, an orangutan (an ape of sorts) singing about wanting to be human might somehow come off as racist. It doesn't help that while Louis Prima is Caucasian, they had intended for Louis ARMSTRONG, an African American to voice him originally.
  • Villain Decay: Sure, Kaa gets a bad rep around here for his horrendously decayed personality and role in the story, but he was legitimately threatening in the original movie. In The Jungle Book 2? Not so much.

For the 1994 Disney live-action movie:

For the Chuck Jones adaptations:

  • Ear Worm: From Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. "Who has delivered us, who? Tell me his nest and his name!"
  • Fridge Brilliance: In "Mowgli's Brothers", Shere Khan is portrayed as a white tiger rather than the normal orange tiger from the original book and all other adaptations, despite the fact white tigers have existed only in captivity since 1951, and would have difficulty surviving due to the lack of camoflague as well as health problems. However in the book Khan has a crippled leg, which rarely appears in adaptations, such as this in which all of his legs are normal, meaning that being a white tiger replaces his crippled leg as his disability. The story also takes place before 1951, making it more possible.

For the 2015 Jon Favreau adaptation:

  • Base Breaker: The announcement that Scarlett Johannson would be voicing Kaa. Some think it's a clever new take on the character, whilst others think that it is changing the character too much.
    • The film itself. Is it another Disney Live-Action Adaptation, that's going to try to make things Darker and Edgier, like Maleficent and The Lone Ranger or is it a chance to make up for the appalling 1994 live action movie?
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the disappointments that were Maleficent and The Lone Ranger, an aim of production was to do this. Basically, the aim was to use everything that made Alice in Wonderland good that other productions had missed. For example:
    • Accuracy to the source material (i.e. no forced romantic interests, accuracy to the characters, but at the same time making them new and interesting).
    • The announcement that the animals would actually talk in this version, unlike other live action versions.
    • And that, for one of the first times in adaptation history, Mowgli would be played by a non-Caucasian (well, mixed-race, but still...)
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Scarlett Johannson as Kaa? Seriously?
    • Whilst not as vocal as the above, the casting of Bill Murray as Baloo has certainly riled some people up. As has Christopher Walken as King Louie.

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