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.
  • 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.
  • The Woobie: Mowgli. 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.

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.
      • Bagheera does mention at one point that Shere Kahn will not let Mowgli grow up to be "another hunter with a gun". A storybook adaptation of the film even stated that Shere Khan had once been shot by a hunter.
    • There's a lot of debate on This Very Wiki whether Shere Khan is Affably Evil or Faux Affably Evil.
    • 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. He even stole a scene from Kaa!
    • King Louie, who has just one scene (and musical number), but is very fondly remembered as a highlight of the movie.
  • 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.
  • Foe Yay: Mowgli/Kaa is quite popular, for obvious reasons.
  • 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]
  • 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!"
  • One-Scene Wonder:
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Reversed for Shere Khan, who is somewhat less whimsical a villain in the sequel.
  • What an Idiot: Gee, Kaa, answering Bagheera's call for Mowgli to remain quiet til morning wasn't a bright idea. You had him for a late-night snack!

For the 1994 Disney live-action movie:

For the Chuck Jones adaptations:

  • Designated Villain: The humans in 'The White Seal.' The fact that they only take a few young bulls a year, make use of their skins, and apparently do this on an overcrowded beach of seals makes them somewhat easy to sympathize with.
  • 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.