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''The Jungle Book'' (or ''Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book'') is a 1994 film directed by Creator/StephenSommers, loosely based on Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' and starring Jason Scott Lee as Mowgli.

A Walt Disney Pictures film, it includes several shout-outs to Disney's 1967 [[Disney/TheJungleBook animated film version]], including an orangutan nicknamed "King Louis".

Followed by two prequels with none of the same cast, Disney's ''The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story'', and ''The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo'', which was made by the same producers of the 1994 version but without Disney's involvement. There was also a computer game released in 1996 which was done in FullMotionVideo, which utilized clips from the movie as well.

Not to be confused with ''Film/JungleBook'', the 1942 film starring Creator/{{Sabu}} as Mowgli, or with the [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 live-action/CGI adaptation of the Disney animated movie]] that was released in April 2016.
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!!The 1994 adaptation provides examples of:

* AdaptationalHeroism: Shere Khan is the BigBad of the original novel, as well as in Disney's adaptations, but here, he is merely the ruthless enforcer of jungle law who accepts Mowgli once they meet face to face.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Kaa is portrayed as a dragonlike monster who King Louie uses to protect the treasure from thieves. King Louie, who also is affected by it, sent Kaa out to kill Mowgli before Mowgli used a knife on the snake. [[spoiler: Although King Louie and Kaa are indiscriminate, as they also dealt with Boone much later in the movie]].
* AgeLift: Baloo in other versions is much older than Mowgli and one of his mentors. This version he is much younger, as a child Mowgli meets him as a bear cub.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: 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.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Wilkins, while a {{Jerk Ass}} and a {{Dirty Coward}}, is easily the least evil out of the human villains. It's apparent that he sides with Boone and the others only out of greed and peer pressure rather than genuine malice. During the journey to the lost city, Wilkins is killed by Shere Khan without a chance to redeem himself.]]
* AntiVillain: Shere Khan. He's a ruthless killer and even described as "the Devil" by Buldeo, 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.
* AxCrazy: Harley and Tabaqui. And by the film's finale, Boone as well.
* AwardBaitSong / AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The international release of the movie has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHNB2G6yr5Q Two Different Worlds]] by Music/KennyLoggins.
* BerserkButton: Shere Khan doesn't take kindly to those who kill animals for pleasure rather than food.
* BigShutUp: Wilkins screams at the jungle animals to be quiet.
* ButtMonkey: Wilkins is constantly on the receiving end - being told to shut up by others or tormented, especially by Harley in one scene.
* CanonForeigner: Geoffrey Brydon, Katherine Anne "Kitty" Brydon, Dr. Julius Plumford, and William "Billy" Boone.
* ChekhovsGun: There are two of them in this movie.
** When they were kids, Kitty has [[ChekhovsGift given Mowgli her mother's bracelet as a gift]] before they were seperated. Mowgli kept it for the years he was in the jungle and when they've reunited, the adult Kitty recognized the wild man as her childhood friend.
** The dagger Mowgli grabbed to defend himself from Kaa in the Monkey City. Later, it was taken by Buldeo, which tipped the villains of the lost treasure of the City of Hanuman.
* ChekhovsSkill: The crotch-kick that Mowgli inflicts on his enemies (Harley in particular) later serves to save Mowgli's life.
* ChewingTheScenery: Cary Elwes' performance as William Boone is very cartoonish and hammy.
* CombatPragmatist: Being raised by animals, Mowgli often uses various tricks, like biting or [[GroinAttack kicking someone in the "sweets"]].
* TheComicallySerious: Dr. Plumford.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Another Tabaqui example, like the AnimatedAdaptation, Shere Khan's [[SycophanticServant jackal lackey]] is absent, though the name is given to Boone's guide. Curiously a more accurate rendition of the novel's Tabaqui [[OneSteveLimit 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.
** Mowgli’s father is named Nathoo, which is the same name as Messua’s deceased son in ''Literature/TheJungleBook''. In fact, Nathoo was ''also'' killed by a tiger in the book (presumably Shere Khan).
* CoolPet: A young Mowgli had a wolf pup that also grew up with him in the jungle.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The villains - Boone and Wilkins both wear beige uniforms and white long-sleeved shirts that indicate their upper-class English background, Harley wears the same beige uniform except for a green shirt that shows his militant side, Buldeo wears purple-and-black clothing just as dark as his past and Tabaqui's crimson tunic only adds to his devilish appearance.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Buldeo. He gets caught in a booby-trapped crypt which begins lowering a stone ceiling and simultaneously filling the crypt with tonnes of sand, weighing Buldeo down and filling the gunshot wound on his leg. Ouch. In agony, he crawls out of the enormous pile of sand and desperately tries to escape but the crypt is sealed shut, trapping him in the tiny narrow space to suffocate. Rated PG.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Kitty becomes this towards Boone in the second half of the movie.
* DeathByAdaptation: In the book, [[spoiler:Buldeo is simply chased away as his village is destroyed by the jungle animals (which Mowgli engineered). In this movie, he is buried alive]].
* DeathByChildbirth: Brydon had said that both Kitty's and Mowgli's mothers died while bringing them into the world.
* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler: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.]] Mowgli said it with, "This treasure only brings death".
* DeathCryEcho: As [[spoiler:Wilkins is mauled by Shere Kahn]], Boone and Kitty hear his final, agonised scream.
* DemotedToExtra: Most of the animal characters, while the movie focus more on Mowgli's interaction with other humans.
* DirtyCoward: Wilkins and Buldeo both qualify.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Baloo AGAIN.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Tabaqui]] suffers a pretty violent one by Disney standards. [[SickeningCrunch The impact is heard, but thankfully not seen...]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: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?"]]
* TheDragon: Kaa appears to be this to King Louis, who summons him when someone attempts to steal treasure, though even Louis fears him.
* TheDreaded: Shere Khan
* DragonHoard: The treasure vault in the monkeys' lost city is inhabited by a huge python (presumably Kaa) which attacks anyone who attempts to take something from the treasure.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: A wise man told young Mowgli in his dream that he would confront Shere Khan without fear and become a "creature of the jungle".
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Even Tabaqui and Buldeo were surprised by Boone's indifferent attitude towards Harley's death.]]
* EvilBrit: Boone and Harley. Somewhat averted with Wilkins.
* EvilFormerFriend: Colonel Brydon regards Buldeo as this.
* EvilVersusEvil: Louis and Kaa are no kinder to Boone and his men than they are to Mowgli. Even Shere Khan holds Boone and his men in disgust as they shot down Baloo for fun, even mauling one of them (Wilkins) to death.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Everyone:
** Harley: [[spoiler:Drowns in quicksand.]]
** Buldeo: [[spoiler:Buried alive.]]
** Wilkins: [[spoiler:Mauled by Shere Khan.]]
** Boone: [[spoiler:Killed by Kaa.]]
** Tabaqui: [[spoiler:Skull crushed.]]
** Much earlier [[spoiler: Nathoo was also mauled by Shere Khan.]]
* FamousLastWords: "Damn you, Wilkins!" Spoken by [[spoiler:Harley]] when Wilkins fails to save him from drowning in quicksand despite his best efforts.
* FantasticRacism: It's possible Shere Khan hates humans, like his animated counterpart, because they don't respect the jungle law.
* FiveManBand: The villains.
** BigBad: Boone; the main antagonist.
** TheDragon: Buldeo; Boone's chief partner in the plan to get the treasure.
** TheEvilGenius: Tabaqui; the jungle guide who knows about its dangers the most.
** TheBrute: Harley; big, stupid and vicious.
** TheDarkChick: Wilkins; Boone's lackey with a distinct whiney personality.
* FlatCharacter: Boone and his men are all one-dimensional characters and their only motivation is to find treasure.
* GeniusBruiser: Tabaqui. In addition to his knowledge and expertise, he is also suprisingly strong and stealthy, being able to sneak up on his victims, [[SuperStrength lift a small boulder]] and overpower Mowgli who is twice his build, despite Tabaqui's greater height.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Dr. Plumford teaching Mowgli about people: "Man, woman, woman. One man. Two women. Lucky man."
* GroinAttack: Harley suffered a kick in his "sweets" from Mowgli, twice. Later used against Tabaqui.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Tabaqui.]]
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: The film primarily focuses on Mowgli's interaction with other humans, and his romance with Kitty, rather than his relationship with the various animals of the jungle.
* HumansKillWantonly: 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.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Boone doesn't bat so much as an eyelid when [[spoiler:Harley is taken by quicksand]], however later that day, when [[spoiler:Tabaqui is killed]], Kitty (making fun of Boone) dismisses the situation as a "shame", whereupon Boone looks at her incredulously - apparently forgetting his lack of remorse earlier. In fact, after [[spoiler:Tabaqui dies]], it's then that he wants Mowgli dead.[[note]]Then again, with Tabaqui dead, Boone would have to endure an arduous journey of trying to find his way back to the village without a guide so this explains why he's so bitter the second time round.[[/note]]
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Was promoted as ''Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book'', though it bears little in common with the book.
* JungleOpera: Played surprisingly straight, considering it was made in 1994.
* JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras: A couple instances of this throughout the film, which is especially confusing since the jungle is in India.
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Said word-for-word by Wilkins, while he complains about trekking through the jungle in one sequence.
* KarmicDeath: In the film's opening, Buldeo's life is saved by Nathoo (Mowgli's father) and rather than return the favor, he leaves Nathoo to die. In the film's climax, Buldeo dies screaming for help that never comes.
** The same can be said for Boone, whose greed for treasure, along with his desire to kill others for sport, lack of concern over the loss of his men (including Buldeo), and having Kitty to himself, proved to be his downfall as Kaa scares him into a water moat. There, the bag of treasure that he's holding onto drags him down where skeletal remains of Kaa's past victims who sought the treasure as well, a revelation that horrifies Boone before meeting his end at the jaws of Kaa.
* LineOfSightName: Mowgli dubbing the lead orangutan "King Louis" after earlier seeing a portrait of the French king wearing a similar crown.
* LovesOnlyGold: Billy Boone makes it very clear near the end that he loves the treasure more than Kitty.
-->'''Billy''': All right, then! Go! Go with your jungle boy! I got what I came for! I don't need you!
* MisplacedWildlife: Once again, King Louie is an orangutan, which are not native to India. Kaa is the worst offender here as he's an anaconda (a snake from ''South America'') rather than being an Indian or reticulated python.
* MissingMom: Mowgli and Kitty's mothers died in childbirth.
* {{Montage}}: Kitty and Plumford reintroducing Mowgli into civilization.
* MrFanservice: Jason Scott Lee in a loincloth, ladies?
* MythologyGag:
** "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.
** The red flowers.
* {{Narrator}}: Kitty's father, Geoffrey Brydon
* NatureHero: Mowgli
* NiceHat: Once back in civilization, Mowgli 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.
* NightmareFace:
** Shere Khan displays one twice during his attack at the beginning of the film. And he doesn't just bare his teeth threateningly, he looks downright '''''POSSESSED!'''''
** Kaa, in both of his scenes, appears to scowl menacingly at his victims.
** Tabaqui's {{Slasher Smile}}.
* NobleSavage: "I AM NOT A MAN! And I am not an animal."
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Despite playing an Indian character, Stefan Kalipha maintains his Trinidad accent.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Colonel Brydon.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Creator/CaryElwes' accent slips and sounds American at times. Most notable example being this line during his sword fight with Mowgli:
-->'''Boone:''' What d'you think you have that I don't - huh?!
** Particularly interesting case when you consider that Cary Elwes is genuinely British.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Harley. He comes off as racist, snidely calling Mowgli his "little brown brother" twice. Also, Boone mispronounces "Maharajah" as "Maharajee" in one scene, denoting his disregard for Indian culture.
* PunchClockVillain: Wilkins. He tries to explain himself to Colonel Brydon on his betrayal, only to be silenced by Boone.
* QuicksandSucks: [[spoiler:Harley]] even explicitly states "It's sucking me down!" while struggling.
* RedStringOfFate: Mowgli and Kitty
* TheRemake: 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.)
* RunningGag: The Colonel's curious resentment of elephants.
* TheStoic: Tabaqui for most of his screen-time is quiet, reserved and mild-mannered despite his occasional DeathGlare and somewhat irritable temperament. However, [[spoiler: when he attacks and tries to kill Mowgli]], [[NotSoStoic he unleashes his bottled-up anger.]]
* SnakesAreSinister: Kaa, you don't want to mess with him.
* ShutUpKirk: When Colonel Brydon scolds Boone, Harley, and Wilkins for their betrayal, Harley just tells him off.
* StandardSnippet: The movie really likes The Blue Danube as it plays multiple times throughout the film. Particularly used during Mowgli's lessons in civilization.
* SuperDoc: After [[spoiler: Baloo is shot]], Mowgli asks Dr. Plumford to heal his wounds. Although Dr. Plumford is a surgeon, he's more of a people doctor than an animal doctor. [[spoiler: However he was successful in healing Baloo as shown in the finale.]]
* ShoutOut: Soldiers chase Mowgli through a bed of hot coal, just as with Aladdin and the Palace Guards in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* TaxidermyIsCreepy: Mowgli, in a room filled with stuffed animals, imagines hearing them screaming, with each scream punctuated by a gunshot.
* TempleOfDoom: The Monkey City, aka the Lost City of Hanuman.
* TooDumbToLive: Wilkins and Harley. Harley, while chasing Mowgli, pays no attention to his surroundings and blunders into the quicksand. Later, Wilkins doesn't stick to the group, gets lost and wastes half of his ammo before [[spoiler:Shere Khan kills him]]. Granted, both are justifiable; Harley had only just woken up when he chased Mowgli and wasn't focusing clearly and Wilkins was clearly out of his depth having never encountered a tiger before in his life.
* UnexplainedRecovery: When Mowgli is attacked by Kaa, he manages to grab a dagger and stab Kaa several times. Later, Kaa reappears with no sign of injury.
* UngratefulBastard:
** Buldeo. [[spoiler:Mowgli's father Nathoo saves him from Shere Khan and he flees, allowing the tiger to maul him to death. Years later, even when knowing who Mowgli is, Buldeo still tries to kill him.]]
** Harley as well. He isn't too thankful that Wilkins at least ''tried'' to save him...
* VillainousBreakdown: After having his men killed, and defeated by Mowgli in the finale, Boone has undergo one of these. It was cut short by King Louie and Kaa.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Harley. An aggressive, violent and ''very'' Scottish man. He even calls Colonel Brydon a "silly wee man".
* WhatIsEvil: Mowgli doesn't understand the reason to kill other than protection and food. He doesn't know the meaning of "enemy" and "hate". Boone is a little annoyed when he tries to explain it.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Colonel Brydon, with elephants.
* WorkInfoTitle: Well, it's an adaptation of [[Literature/TheJungleBook an actual book]].
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: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...[[DirtyCoward 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.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Even though they believe Mowgli to be a "vicious and uncivilized savage", that doesn't stop [[spoiler:Boone]] and [[spoiler:Tabaqui]] from resorting to primitive and barbaric methods in attempts to kill him. [[spoiler:Harley, Wilkins and Buldeo]] at the ''very least'' rely on their guns.
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!!Tropes related to ''The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story'' (1998 live-action movie):

* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Akela is taken aback by how casual young Mowgli is in the wolf den, especially after the boy ''pets'' him.
-->'''Akela''': Woah! Did he just call the leader of the wolf pack "doggy"?
* HeinousHyena: Tabaqui, the hyena, is Shere Khan's vile minion.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon film.
* MisplacedWildlife: In this adaptation, Tabaqui is a spotted hyena. Spotted hyenas are not native to India, though their striped hyena cousins are.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Expressed almost verbatim by Shere Khan after his return, referring to his alleged death as "A rumour, greatly exaggerated."
* RingOfFire: During the climax, Mowgli lures Shere Khan into a ring of dry wood; once they are inside, he strikes a match and lights the ring on fire, paralyzing the great cat with fear.
* ShotInTheAss: At the beginning, Shere Khan is shot while attacking humans and presumed dead. When he reappears later, he asserts that ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated and that he was merely shot in the backside. Mowgli taunts him about this at the climax.
* ShownTheirWork: Sort of. Despite retaining similar [[DenserAndWackier whimsical characterizations and dialogue]] as the animated version, it is the closest Disney has got to an accurate adaption of the original book, with a lot more scenes and references from the novel.
* SilenceYouFool: Shere Khan tries and often fails this with [[MotorMouth Tabaqui]].
-->'''Shere Khan:''' [[{{Catchphrase}} Shut up, Tabaqui!]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Or, in Shere Khan's case, fire. Mowgli exploits this in the climax.
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!!For tropes related to the 2016 live-action movie [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 see here]].

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''The Jungle Book'' (or ''Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book'') is a 1994 film directed by Creator/StephenSommers, loosely based on Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' and starring Jason Scott Lee as Mowgli.

A Walt Disney Pictures film, it includes several shout-outs to Disney's 1967 [[Disney/TheJungleBook animated film version]], including an orangutan nicknamed "King Louis".

Followed by two prequels with none of the same cast, Disney's ''The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story'', and ''The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo'', which was made by the same producers of the 1994 version but without Disney's involvement. There was also a computer game released in 1996 which was done in FullMotionVideo, which utilized clips from the
movie as well.

Not to be confused with
adaptations are:

*
''Film/JungleBook'', the 1942 live-action film starring Creator/{{Sabu}} as Mowgli, or with adaptation.
* ''Film/{{The Jungle Book|1994}}'',
the [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 live-action/CGI 1994 live-action film adaptation.
* ''Film/{{The Jungle Book|2016}}'', the 2016 film
adaptation of the Disney 1967 animated movie]] that was released in April 2016.
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!!The 1994 adaptation provides examples of:

* AdaptationalHeroism: Shere Khan is the BigBad of the original novel, as well as in Disney's adaptations, but here, he is merely the ruthless enforcer of jungle law who accepts Mowgli once they meet face
version

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to face.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Kaa is portrayed as a dragonlike monster who King Louie uses
this page, please edit it to protect the treasure from thieves. King Louie, who also is affected by it, sent Kaa out to kill Mowgli before Mowgli used a knife on the snake. [[spoiler: Although King Louie and Kaa are indiscriminate, as they also dealt with Boone much later in the movie]].
* AgeLift: Baloo in other versions is much older than Mowgli and one of his mentors. This version he is much younger, as a child Mowgli meets him as a bear cub.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: 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.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Wilkins, while a {{Jerk Ass}} and a {{Dirty Coward}}, is easily the least evil out of the human villains. It's apparent that he sides with Boone and the others only out of greed and peer pressure rather than genuine malice. During the journey
point to the lost city, Wilkins is killed by Shere Khan without a chance to redeem himself.]]
* AntiVillain: Shere Khan. He's a ruthless killer and even described as "the Devil" by Buldeo, 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.
* AxCrazy: Harley and Tabaqui. And by the film's finale, Boone as well.
* AwardBaitSong / AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The international release of the movie has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHNB2G6yr5Q Two Different Worlds]] by Music/KennyLoggins.
* BerserkButton: Shere Khan doesn't take kindly to those who kill animals for pleasure rather than food.
* BigShutUp: Wilkins screams at the jungle animals to be quiet.
* ButtMonkey: Wilkins is constantly on the receiving end - being told to shut up by others or tormented, especially by Harley in one scene.
* CanonForeigner: Geoffrey Brydon, Katherine Anne "Kitty" Brydon, Dr. Julius Plumford, and William "Billy" Boone.
* ChekhovsGun: There are two of them in this movie.
** When they were kids, Kitty has [[ChekhovsGift given Mowgli her mother's bracelet as a gift]] before they were seperated. Mowgli kept it for the years he was in the jungle and when they've reunited, the adult Kitty recognized the wild man as her childhood friend.
** The dagger Mowgli grabbed to defend himself from Kaa in the Monkey City. Later, it was taken by Buldeo, which tipped the villains of the lost treasure of the City of Hanuman.
* ChekhovsSkill: The crotch-kick that Mowgli inflicts on his enemies (Harley in particular) later serves to save Mowgli's life.
* ChewingTheScenery: Cary Elwes' performance as William Boone is very cartoonish and hammy.
* CombatPragmatist: Being raised by animals, Mowgli often uses various tricks, like biting or [[GroinAttack kicking someone in the "sweets"]].
* TheComicallySerious: Dr. Plumford.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Another Tabaqui example, like the AnimatedAdaptation, Shere Khan's [[SycophanticServant jackal lackey]] is absent, though the name is given to Boone's guide. Curiously a more accurate rendition of the novel's Tabaqui [[OneSteveLimit 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.
** Mowgli’s father is named Nathoo, which is the same name as Messua’s deceased son in ''Literature/TheJungleBook''. In fact, Nathoo was ''also'' killed by a tiger in the book (presumably Shere Khan).
* CoolPet: A young Mowgli had a wolf pup that also grew up with him in the jungle.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The villains - Boone and Wilkins both wear beige uniforms and white long-sleeved shirts that indicate their upper-class English background, Harley wears the same beige uniform except for a green shirt that shows his militant side, Buldeo wears purple-and-black clothing just as dark as his past and Tabaqui's crimson tunic only adds to his devilish appearance.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Buldeo. He gets caught in a booby-trapped crypt which begins lowering a stone ceiling and simultaneously filling the crypt with tonnes of sand, weighing Buldeo down and filling the gunshot wound on his leg. Ouch. In agony, he crawls out of the enormous pile of sand and desperately tries to escape but the crypt is sealed shut, trapping him in the tiny narrow space to suffocate. Rated PG.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Kitty becomes this towards Boone in the second half of the movie.
* DeathByAdaptation: In the book, [[spoiler:Buldeo is simply chased away as his village is destroyed by the jungle animals (which Mowgli engineered). In this movie, he is buried alive]].
* DeathByChildbirth: Brydon had said that both Kitty's and Mowgli's mothers died while bringing them into the world.
* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler: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.]] Mowgli said it with, "This treasure only brings death".
* DeathCryEcho: As [[spoiler:Wilkins is mauled by Shere Kahn]], Boone and Kitty hear his final, agonised scream.
* DemotedToExtra: Most of the animal characters, while the movie focus more on Mowgli's interaction with other humans.
* DirtyCoward: Wilkins and Buldeo both qualify.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Baloo AGAIN.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Tabaqui]] suffers a pretty violent one by Disney standards. [[SickeningCrunch The impact is heard, but thankfully not seen...]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: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?"]]
* TheDragon: Kaa appears to be this to King Louis, who summons him when someone attempts to steal treasure, though even Louis fears him.
* TheDreaded: Shere Khan
* DragonHoard: The treasure vault in the monkeys' lost city is inhabited by a huge python (presumably Kaa) which attacks anyone who attempts to take something from the treasure.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: A wise man told young Mowgli in his dream that he would confront Shere Khan without fear and become a "creature of the jungle".
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Even Tabaqui and Buldeo were surprised by Boone's indifferent attitude towards Harley's death.]]
* EvilBrit: Boone and Harley. Somewhat averted with Wilkins.
* EvilFormerFriend: Colonel Brydon regards Buldeo as this.
* EvilVersusEvil: Louis and Kaa are no kinder to Boone and his men than they are to Mowgli. Even Shere Khan holds Boone and his men in disgust as they shot down Baloo for fun, even mauling one of them (Wilkins) to death.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Everyone:
** Harley: [[spoiler:Drowns in quicksand.]]
** Buldeo: [[spoiler:Buried alive.]]
** Wilkins: [[spoiler:Mauled by Shere Khan.]]
** Boone: [[spoiler:Killed by Kaa.]]
** Tabaqui: [[spoiler:Skull crushed.]]
** Much earlier [[spoiler: Nathoo was also mauled by Shere Khan.]]
* FamousLastWords: "Damn you, Wilkins!" Spoken by [[spoiler:Harley]] when Wilkins fails to save him from drowning in quicksand despite his best efforts.
* FantasticRacism: It's possible Shere Khan hates humans, like his animated counterpart, because they don't respect the jungle law.
* FiveManBand: The villains.
** BigBad: Boone; the main antagonist.
** TheDragon: Buldeo; Boone's chief partner in the plan to get the treasure.
** TheEvilGenius: Tabaqui; the jungle guide who knows about its dangers the most.
** TheBrute: Harley; big, stupid and vicious.
** TheDarkChick: Wilkins; Boone's lackey with a distinct whiney personality.
* FlatCharacter: Boone and his men are all one-dimensional characters and their only motivation is to find treasure.
* GeniusBruiser: Tabaqui. In addition to his knowledge and expertise, he is also suprisingly strong and stealthy, being able to sneak up on his victims, [[SuperStrength lift a small boulder]] and overpower Mowgli who is twice his build, despite Tabaqui's greater height.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Dr. Plumford teaching Mowgli about people: "Man, woman, woman. One man. Two women. Lucky man."
* GroinAttack: Harley suffered a kick in his "sweets" from Mowgli, twice. Later used against Tabaqui.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Tabaqui.]]
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: The film primarily focuses on Mowgli's interaction with other humans, and his romance with Kitty, rather than his relationship with the various animals of the jungle.
* HumansKillWantonly: 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.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Boone doesn't bat so much as an eyelid when [[spoiler:Harley is taken by quicksand]], however later that day, when [[spoiler:Tabaqui is killed]], Kitty (making fun of Boone) dismisses the situation as a "shame", whereupon Boone looks at her incredulously - apparently forgetting his lack of remorse earlier. In fact, after [[spoiler:Tabaqui dies]], it's then that he wants Mowgli dead.[[note]]Then again, with Tabaqui dead, Boone would have to endure an arduous journey of trying to find his way back to the village without a guide so this explains why he's so bitter the second time round.[[/note]]
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Was promoted as ''Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book'', though it bears little in common with the book.
* JungleOpera: Played surprisingly straight, considering it was made in 1994.
* JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras: A couple instances of this throughout the film, which is especially confusing since the jungle is in India.
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Said word-for-word by Wilkins, while he complains about trekking through the jungle in one sequence.
* KarmicDeath: In the film's opening, Buldeo's life is saved by Nathoo (Mowgli's father) and rather than return the favor, he leaves Nathoo to die. In the film's climax, Buldeo dies screaming for help that never comes.
** The same can be said for Boone, whose greed for treasure, along with his desire to kill others for sport, lack of concern over the loss of his men (including Buldeo), and having Kitty to himself, proved to be his downfall as Kaa scares him into a water moat. There, the bag of treasure that he's holding onto drags him down where skeletal remains of Kaa's past victims who sought the treasure as well, a revelation that horrifies Boone before meeting his end at the jaws of Kaa.
* LineOfSightName: Mowgli dubbing the lead orangutan "King Louis" after earlier seeing a portrait of the French king wearing a similar crown.
* LovesOnlyGold: Billy Boone makes it very clear near the end that he loves the treasure more than Kitty.
-->'''Billy''': All right, then! Go! Go with your jungle boy! I got what I came for! I don't need you!
* MisplacedWildlife: Once again, King Louie is an orangutan, which are not native to India. Kaa is the worst offender here as he's an anaconda (a snake from ''South America'') rather than being an Indian or reticulated python.
* MissingMom: Mowgli and Kitty's mothers died in childbirth.
* {{Montage}}: Kitty and Plumford reintroducing Mowgli into civilization.
* MrFanservice: Jason Scott Lee in a loincloth, ladies?
* MythologyGag:
** "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.
** The red flowers.
* {{Narrator}}: Kitty's father, Geoffrey Brydon
* NatureHero: Mowgli
* NiceHat: Once back in civilization, Mowgli 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.
* NightmareFace:
** Shere Khan displays one twice during his attack at the beginning of the film. And he doesn't just bare his teeth threateningly, he looks downright '''''POSSESSED!'''''
** Kaa, in both of his scenes, appears to scowl menacingly at his victims.
** Tabaqui's {{Slasher Smile}}.
* NobleSavage: "I AM NOT A MAN! And I am not an animal."
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Despite playing an Indian character, Stefan Kalipha maintains his Trinidad accent.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Colonel Brydon.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Creator/CaryElwes' accent slips and sounds American at times. Most notable example being this line during his sword fight with Mowgli:
-->'''Boone:''' What d'you think you have that I don't - huh?!
** Particularly interesting case when you consider that Cary Elwes is genuinely British.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Harley. He comes off as racist, snidely calling Mowgli his "little brown brother" twice. Also, Boone mispronounces "Maharajah" as "Maharajee" in one scene, denoting his disregard for Indian culture.
* PunchClockVillain: Wilkins. He tries to explain himself to Colonel Brydon on his betrayal, only to be silenced by Boone.
* QuicksandSucks: [[spoiler:Harley]] even explicitly states "It's sucking me down!" while struggling.
* RedStringOfFate: Mowgli and Kitty
* TheRemake: 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.)
* RunningGag: The Colonel's curious resentment of elephants.
* TheStoic: Tabaqui for most of his screen-time is quiet, reserved and mild-mannered despite his occasional DeathGlare and somewhat irritable temperament. However, [[spoiler: when he attacks and tries to kill Mowgli]], [[NotSoStoic he unleashes his bottled-up anger.]]
* SnakesAreSinister: Kaa, you don't want to mess with him.
* ShutUpKirk: When Colonel Brydon scolds Boone, Harley, and Wilkins for their betrayal, Harley just tells him off.
* StandardSnippet: The movie really likes The Blue Danube as it plays multiple times throughout the film. Particularly used during Mowgli's lessons in civilization.
* SuperDoc: After [[spoiler: Baloo is shot]], Mowgli asks Dr. Plumford to heal his wounds. Although Dr. Plumford is a surgeon, he's more of a people doctor than an animal doctor. [[spoiler: However he was successful in healing Baloo as shown in the finale.]]
* ShoutOut: Soldiers chase Mowgli through a bed of hot coal, just as with Aladdin and the Palace Guards in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* TaxidermyIsCreepy: Mowgli, in a room filled with stuffed animals, imagines hearing them screaming, with each scream punctuated by a gunshot.
* TempleOfDoom: The Monkey City, aka the Lost City of Hanuman.
* TooDumbToLive: Wilkins and Harley. Harley, while chasing Mowgli, pays no attention to his surroundings and blunders into the quicksand. Later, Wilkins doesn't stick to the group, gets lost and wastes half of his ammo before [[spoiler:Shere Khan kills him]]. Granted, both are justifiable; Harley had only just woken up when he chased Mowgli and wasn't focusing clearly and Wilkins was clearly out of his depth having never encountered a tiger before in his life.
* UnexplainedRecovery: When Mowgli is attacked by Kaa, he manages to grab a dagger and stab Kaa several times. Later, Kaa reappears with no sign of injury.
* UngratefulBastard:
** Buldeo. [[spoiler:Mowgli's father Nathoo saves him from Shere Khan and he flees, allowing the tiger to maul him to death. Years later, even when knowing who Mowgli is, Buldeo still tries to kill him.]]
** Harley as well. He isn't too thankful that Wilkins at least ''tried'' to save him...
* VillainousBreakdown: After having his men killed, and defeated by Mowgli in the finale, Boone has undergo one of these. It was cut short by King Louie and Kaa.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Harley. An aggressive, violent and ''very'' Scottish man. He even calls Colonel Brydon a "silly wee man".
* WhatIsEvil: Mowgli doesn't understand the reason to kill other than protection and food. He doesn't know the meaning of "enemy" and "hate". Boone is a little annoyed when he tries to explain it.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Colonel Brydon, with elephants.
* WorkInfoTitle: Well, it's an adaptation of [[Literature/TheJungleBook an actual book]].
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: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...[[DirtyCoward 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.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Even though they believe Mowgli to be a "vicious and uncivilized savage", that doesn't stop [[spoiler:Boone]] and [[spoiler:Tabaqui]] from resorting to primitive and barbaric methods in attempts to kill him. [[spoiler:Harley, Wilkins and Buldeo]] at the ''very least'' rely on their guns.
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!!Tropes related to ''The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story'' (1998 live-action movie):

* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Akela is taken aback by how casual young Mowgli is in the wolf den, especially after the boy ''pets'' him.
-->'''Akela''': Woah! Did he just call the leader of the wolf pack "doggy"?
* HeinousHyena: Tabaqui, the hyena, is Shere Khan's vile minion.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon film.
* MisplacedWildlife: In this adaptation, Tabaqui is a spotted hyena. Spotted hyenas are not native to India, though their striped hyena cousins are.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Expressed almost verbatim by Shere Khan after his return, referring to his alleged death as "A rumour, greatly exaggerated."
* RingOfFire: During the climax, Mowgli lures Shere Khan into a ring of dry wood; once they are inside, he strikes a match and lights the ring on fire, paralyzing the great cat with fear.
* ShotInTheAss: At the beginning, Shere Khan is shot while attacking humans and presumed dead. When he reappears later, he asserts that ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated and that he was merely shot in the backside. Mowgli taunts him about this at the climax.
* ShownTheirWork: Sort of. Despite retaining similar [[DenserAndWackier whimsical characterizations and dialogue]] as the animated version, it is the closest Disney has got to an accurate adaption of the original book, with a lot more scenes and references from the novel.
* SilenceYouFool: Shere Khan tries and often fails this with [[MotorMouth Tabaqui]].
-->'''Shere Khan:''' [[{{Catchphrase}} Shut up, Tabaqui!]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Or, in Shere Khan's case, fire. Mowgli exploits this in the climax.
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!!For tropes related to the 2016 live-action movie [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 see here]].
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* FamousLastWords: "Damn you, Wilkins!" Spoken by [[spoiler:Harley]] when Wilkins fails to save him from drowning in quicksand despite his best efforts.


* AxCrazy: Harley and Tabaqui mainly. Boone has a brief moment as well.

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* AxCrazy: Harley and Tabaqui mainly. Tabaqui. And by the film's finale, Boone has a brief moment as well.


* GeniusBruiser: Tabaqui. In addition to his intelligence and expertise, he is also a very strong and stealthy fighter, [[spoiler:being able to sneak up on his victims, lift a small boulder and overpower Mowgli who is twice his build, despite Tabaqui's greater height.]]

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* GeniusBruiser: Tabaqui. In addition to his intelligence knowledge and expertise, he is also a very suprisingly strong and stealthy fighter, [[spoiler:being stealthy, being able to sneak up on his victims, [[SuperStrength lift a small boulder boulder]] and overpower Mowgli who is twice his build, despite Tabaqui's greater height.]]



* UnexplainedRecovery: When Mowgli is attacked by Kaa, he manages to grab a dagger and stab Kaa in the head. Later, Kaa reappears with no sign of injury.

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* UnexplainedRecovery: When Mowgli is attacked by Kaa, he manages to grab a dagger and stab Kaa in the head.several times. Later, Kaa reappears with no sign of injury.


* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Wilkins, while a {{Jerk Ass}} and a {{Dirty Coward}}, is easily the least evil out of the human villains. It's apparent that he sides with Boone and the others only out of greed and peer pressure rather than genuine malice. During the journey to the lost city, Wilkins is killed by Shere Khan without a chance to redeem himself.]]



** The same can be said for Boone, whose greed for treasure, along with his desire to kill others for sport, lack of concern over the loss of his men (including Buldeo), and having Kitty to himself, proved to be his downfall as Kaa scares him into a water moat. There, the bag of treasure that he's holding onto drags him down where Kaa's past victims are buried due to their greed, an act that scares Boone before meeting his end at the jaws of Kaa.

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** The same can be said for Boone, whose greed for treasure, along with his desire to kill others for sport, lack of concern over the loss of his men (including Buldeo), and having Kitty to himself, proved to be his downfall as Kaa scares him into a water moat. There, the bag of treasure that he's holding onto drags him down where skeletal remains of Kaa's past victims are buried due to their greed, an act who sought the treasure as well, a revelation that scares horrifies Boone before meeting his end at the jaws of Kaa.


* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: In the film's opening, Buldeo's life is saved by Nathoo (Mowgli's father) and rather than return the favor, he leaves Nathoo to die. In the film's climax, Buldeo dies screaming for help that never comes.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: In the film's opening, Buldeo's life is saved by Nathoo (Mowgli's father) and rather than return the favor, he leaves Nathoo to die. In the film's climax, Buldeo dies screaming for help that never comes.]]comes.
**The same can be said for Boone, whose greed for treasure, along with his desire to kill others for sport, lack of concern over the loss of his men (including Buldeo), and having Kitty to himself, proved to be his downfall as Kaa scares him into a water moat. There, the bag of treasure that he's holding onto drags him down where Kaa's past victims are buried due to their greed, an act that scares Boone before meeting his end at the jaws of Kaa.


* EvilVersusEvil: Louis and Kaa are no kinder to Boone and his men than they are to Mowgli.

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* EvilVersusEvil: Louis and Kaa are no kinder to Boone and his men than they are to Mowgli. Even Shere Khan holds Boone and his men in disgust as they shot down Baloo for fun, even mauling one of them (Wilkins) to death.


* YouAreWhatYouHate: Even though they believe Mowgli to be a "vicious and uncivilized savage", that doesn't stop [[spoiler:Boone]] and [[spoiler:Tabaqui]] from resorting to [[Irony/primitive and barbaric methods in attempts to kill him]]. [[spoiler:Harley, Wilkins and Buldeo]] at the ''very least'' rely on their guns.

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: Even though they believe Mowgli to be a "vicious and uncivilized savage", that doesn't stop [[spoiler:Boone]] and [[spoiler:Tabaqui]] from resorting to [[Irony/primitive primitive and barbaric methods in attempts to kill him]].him. [[spoiler:Harley, Wilkins and Buldeo]] at the ''very least'' rely on their guns.

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: Even though they believe Mowgli to be a "vicious and uncivilized savage", that doesn't stop [[spoiler:Boone]] and [[spoiler:Tabaqui]] from resorting to [[Irony/primitive and barbaric methods in attempts to kill him]]. [[spoiler:Harley, Wilkins and Buldeo]] at the ''very least'' rely on their guns.


* UngratefulBastard: Buldeo. [[spoiler:Mowgli's father Nathoo saves him from Shere Khan and he flees, allowing the tiger to maul him to death. Years later, even when knowing who Mowgli is, Buldeo still tries to kill him.]]

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* UngratefulBastard: UnexplainedRecovery: When Mowgli is attacked by Kaa, he manages to grab a dagger and stab Kaa in the head. Later, Kaa reappears with no sign of injury.
* UngratefulBastard:
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Buldeo. [[spoiler:Mowgli's father Nathoo saves him from Shere Khan and he flees, allowing the tiger to maul him to death. Years later, even when knowing who Mowgli is, Buldeo still tries to kill him.]]


Not to be confused with ''Film/JungleBook'', the 1942 film starring [[Film/TheThiefOfBagdad Sabu]] as Mowgli, or with the [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 live-action/CGI adaptation of the Disney animated movie]] that was released in April 2016.

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Not to be confused with ''Film/JungleBook'', the 1942 film starring [[Film/TheThiefOfBagdad Sabu]] Creator/{{Sabu}} as Mowgli, or with the [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 live-action/CGI adaptation of the Disney animated movie]] that was released in April 2016.


* ChekhovsGun: The crotch-kick that Mowgli inflicts on his enemies (Harley in particular) later serves to save Mowgli's life.

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* ChekhovsGun: There are two of them in this movie.
** When they were kids, Kitty has [[ChekhovsGift given Mowgli her mother's bracelet as a gift]] before they were seperated. Mowgli kept it for the years he was in the jungle and when they've reunited, the adult Kitty recognized the wild man as her childhood friend.
** The dagger Mowgli grabbed to defend himself from Kaa in the Monkey City. Later, it was taken by Buldeo, which tipped the villains of the lost treasure of the City of Hanuman.
* ChekhovsSkill:
The crotch-kick that Mowgli inflicts on his enemies (Harley in particular) later serves to save Mowgli's life.



* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler: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.]]

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* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler: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.]]]] Mowgli said it with, "This treasure only brings death".



* TempleOfDoom

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* TempleOfDoomTempleOfDoom: The Monkey City, aka the Lost City of Hanuman.


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* VillainousBreakdown: After having his men killed, and defeated by Mowgli in the finale, Boone has undergo one of these. It was cut short by King Louie and Kaa.


* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: In the film's opening, Buldeo's life is saved by Nathoo (Mowgli's father) and rather than return the favor, he leaves Nathoo to die. In the film's finale, he dies screaming for help that never comes.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: In the film's opening, Buldeo's life is saved by Nathoo (Mowgli's father) and rather than return the favor, he leaves Nathoo to die. In the film's finale, he climax, Buldeo dies screaming for help that never comes.]]


* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Buldeo and Boone.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Buldeo In the film's opening, Buldeo's life is saved by Nathoo (Mowgli's father) and Boone.rather than return the favor, he leaves Nathoo to die. In the film's finale, he dies screaming for help that never comes.]]

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