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* Why does Mowgli see his backstory when Kaa hypnotises him? Hypnosis is often used to access repressed memories. Mowgli is seeing his own memories of [[spoiler:his father's death and his adoption by the wolf pack]].

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* Why does Mowgli see his backstory when Kaa hypnotises him? Hypnosis is often used to access repressed memories. Mowgli is seeing his own memories of [[spoiler:his his father's death and his adoption by the wolf pack]].pack.



** It makes even more sense if Bagheera's backstory from the novel can be taken as canon, where he grew up among men in a cage. By his own admission, he has seen men doing terrible things (using their own 'tricks'). When Bagheera sees [[spoiler: Mowgli rescuing the baby elephant, he realizes that man's (or rather Mowgli's) inventions can also be used to help others instead of just harming them]]. Considering that the film is more faithful to the original novels, it isn't unlikely.

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** It makes even more sense if Bagheera's backstory from the novel can be taken as canon, where he grew up among men in a cage. By his own admission, he has seen men doing terrible things (using their own 'tricks'). When Bagheera sees [[spoiler: Mowgli rescuing the baby elephant, he realizes that man's (or rather Mowgli's) inventions can also be used to help others instead of just harming them]].them. Considering that the film is more faithful to the original novels, it isn't unlikely.



* King Louie, the one animal who so desires the power of the "red flower" (fire), and would use malicious methods to obtain it, becomes one of the few animals to not experience its destructive power [[spoiler: in the finale because he was buried under rubble during the wildfire]]. A fitting karmic punishment.

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* King Louie, the one animal who so desires the power of the "red flower" (fire), and would use malicious methods to obtain it, becomes one of the few animals to not experience its destructive power [[spoiler: in the finale because he was buried under rubble during the wildfire]].wildfire. A fitting karmic punishment.



* The [[spoiler: elephants diverting the river at the end doesn't just put out the fire, it blocks water from entering the lake containing Peace Rock. They didn't just save the jungle, they brought peace to it as well]]!
* It's never brought up in the film, but [[AllThereInTheManual according to jungle law]], attacking and killing humans is ''strictly forbidden'' (because Man is the only animal who will kill for revenge). If Shere Khan had abided by the law and simply [[spoiler: left Mowgli and his father alone]], not only would the tiger not have been left scarred and half blind, [[spoiler:he may very well still be alive]].

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* The [[spoiler: elephants diverting the river at the end doesn't just put out the fire, it blocks water from entering the lake containing Peace Rock. They didn't just save the jungle, they brought peace to it as well]]!
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* It's never brought up in the film, but [[AllThereInTheManual according to jungle law]], attacking and killing humans is ''strictly forbidden'' (because Man is the only animal who will kill for revenge). If Shere Khan had abided by the law and simply [[spoiler: left Mowgli and his father alone]], alone, not only would the tiger not have been left scarred and half blind, [[spoiler:he he may very well still be alive]].alive.



* Shere Khan threatening to [[spoiler:kill Raksha's pups]] isn't just a petty threat of violence. What does a male tiger do when he takes over a previous male's territory? Kills that male's cubs (the territory of a male tiger overlaps with several females). Given he had [[spoiler:just killed Akela and taken over the pack]], he's making a subtle point that, if Raksha can treat Mowgli as if he were a wolf, he can treat [[spoiler:Raksha's pups]] as if they were tiger cubs.

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* Shere Khan threatening to [[spoiler:kill kill Raksha's pups]] pups isn't just a petty threat of violence. What does a male tiger do when he takes over a previous male's territory? Kills that male's cubs (the territory of a male tiger overlaps with several females). Given he had [[spoiler:just just killed Akela and taken over the pack]], pack, he's making a subtle point that, if Raksha can treat Mowgli as if he were a wolf, he can treat [[spoiler:Raksha's pups]] Raksha's pups as if they were tiger cubs.



* The ending of [[spoiler:Mowgli getting to stay in the jungle instead of leaving for the man village]] may have been polarizing, but from a narrative standpoint it makes sense; [[spoiler:the reason Mowgli had to leave was because Shere Khan was after him. With Shere Khan dead, Mowgli no longer has to leave because the animal that wanted him dead is gone]].

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* The ending of [[spoiler:Mowgli Mowgli getting to stay in the jungle instead of leaving for the man village]] village may have been polarizing, but from a narrative standpoint it makes sense; [[spoiler:the the reason Mowgli had to leave was because Shere Khan was after him. With Shere Khan dead, Mowgli no longer has to leave because the animal that wanted him dead is gone]].gone.



* Bagheera sounds quite angered when he sees that Mowgli has been using his "tricks" to help Baloo. While it's clear from the start that he was never fond of said "tricks", he sounds especially angry when scolding Mowgli on that particular moment.[[spoiler: It may be because (as it is later revealed), at this time, Bagheera already knew about Akela's death, so it's possible that he viewed Mowgli continuing with his tricks in the jungle (after Akela had previously told him to stop) as the boy disrespecting his late wolf father and what he had taught him]].

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* Bagheera sounds quite angered when he sees that Mowgli has been using his "tricks" to help Baloo. While it's clear from the start that he was never fond of said "tricks", he sounds especially angry when scolding Mowgli on that particular moment.[[spoiler: It may be because (as it is later revealed), at this time, Bagheera already knew about Akela's death, so it's possible that he viewed Mowgli continuing with his tricks in the jungle (after Akela had previously told him to stop) as the boy disrespecting his late wolf father and what he had taught him]].him.



* Just imagine how [[spoiler: Mowgli's biological father must have felt on his last moments. [[PapaWolf He fought against Shere Khan to protect his son]], and even managed to blind the tiger on one of his eyes but that was simply ''not'' enough. The last thing he saw in life was that ferocious tiger jump on him and prepare to deliver a fatal bite. Worst, he didn't knew that his Red Flower ''did'' manage to scare Shere Khan away before he could really notice (or harm) his son. His last thoughts could very well have been that once Shere Khan was done with him, he would go for his defenseless child next]].
** Luckily, [[spoiler:big cat kills are pretty quick. He might not have had time to think anything along that line]].
* [[spoiler: As the credits show, King Louie is alive and well. Now that Shere Khan is dead and thanks to his AdaptationalVillainy, he is now the biggest active threat in the jungle.]]
** [[spoiler: The credits also show Shere Khan alive; they don't necessarily imply that either of them survived.]]
*** [[spoiler: Though Louie is specifically seen crawling out of rubble. Shere Khan doesn't show any evidence of having been in a fire, so Louie's appearance could have more weight than his.]]
** [[spoiler: Kaa is most likely alive as well. [[NothingIsScarier We don't see.]]]]
** Of course, [[spoiler: Kaa isn't so much malicious as just a predator like any other, as opposed to the more malevolent Louie and Khan]].
* Mowgli's [[spoiler: biological mother is never seen or mentioned throughout the entire film, so we don't know if she's alive or dead. Suppose she's alive, just imagine the horror she must have gone through, the night Shere Khan attacked. She lost both, her husband and her toddler son, never knowing Mowgli survived. In the book she's possibly alive, but then so is Mowgli's father]].

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* Just imagine how [[spoiler: Mowgli's biological father must have felt on his last moments. [[PapaWolf He fought against Shere Khan to protect his son]], and even managed to blind the tiger on one of his eyes but that was simply ''not'' enough. The last thing he saw in life was that ferocious tiger jump on him and prepare to deliver a fatal bite. Worst, he didn't knew that his Red Flower ''did'' manage to scare Shere Khan away before he could really notice (or harm) his son. His last thoughts could very well have been that once Shere Khan was done with him, he would go for his defenseless child next]].
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** Luckily, [[spoiler:big big cat kills are pretty quick. He might not have had time to think anything along that line]].
line.
* [[spoiler: As the credits show, King Louie is alive and well. Now that Shere Khan is dead and thanks to his AdaptationalVillainy, he is now the biggest active threat in the jungle.]]
jungle.
** [[spoiler: The credits also show Shere Khan alive; they don't necessarily imply that either of them survived.]]
survived.
*** [[spoiler: Though Louie is specifically seen crawling out of rubble. Shere Khan doesn't show any evidence of having been in a fire, so Louie's appearance could have more weight than his.]]
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** [[spoiler: Kaa is most likely alive as well. [[NothingIsScarier We don't see.]]]]
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** Of course, [[spoiler: Kaa isn't so much malicious as just a predator like any other, as opposed to the more malevolent Louie and Khan]].
Khan.
* Mowgli's [[spoiler: biological mother is never seen or mentioned throughout the entire film, so we don't know if she's alive or dead. Suppose she's alive, just imagine the horror she must have gone through, the night Shere Khan attacked. She lost both, her husband and her toddler son, never knowing Mowgli survived. In the book she's possibly alive, but then so is Mowgli's father]].father.



** The real horror here is the fact that the movie only shows one ''Gigantopithecus'', a species that was already extinct by the time the film took place. And then, [[spoiler:said ''Gigantopithecus'' dies]].
*** [[spoiler: Unless the events depicted in the CreativeClosingCredits are canon, which show him alive. Which is FridgeHorror in and of itself given he probably still wants to learn the secret of fire.]]
* When Shere Khan is telling the pups his "cuckoo bird" story, they're all sharing a bone. Considering [[spoiler:Akela]] was the last character we saw him kill, that bone might have belonged to [[spoiler: [[{{Squick}} their own]] [[NauseaFuel father]]]].
* What would Shere Khan have done if, hypothetically speaking, [[spoiler:Mowgli didn't return to the wolf pack after Akela's death]]? While it's possible that he was completely confident that his plan would have worked and didn't even thought about this what-if scenario, what would he do if [[spoiler:Mowgli never learned about Akela's death and thus never came back to the jungle]]? Would he just [[spoiler:keep killing Mowgli's friends and adoptive family until he finally learned of it and did come straight to him, or would he tire of this strategy and opt to go after Mowgli even if he happened to be in the Man Village]]?
** He might have just stuck around and continue [[spoiler: acting as the new alpha of the wolf pack.]] Maybe eventually he'd track down Mowgli on his own, or perhaps he'd [[spoiler: sic the wolves on him, leaving them the option of killing Mowgli or getting killed themselves.]]

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** The real horror here is the fact that the movie only shows one ''Gigantopithecus'', a species that was already extinct by the time the film took place. And then, [[spoiler:said said ''Gigantopithecus'' dies]].
dies.
*** [[spoiler: Unless the events depicted in the CreativeClosingCredits are canon, which show him alive. Which is FridgeHorror in and of itself given he probably still wants to learn the secret of fire.]]
fire.
* When Shere Khan is telling the pups his "cuckoo bird" story, they're all sharing a bone. Considering [[spoiler:Akela]] Akela was the last character we saw him kill, that bone might have belonged to [[spoiler: [[{{Squick}} their own]] [[NauseaFuel father]]]].
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* What would Shere Khan have done if, hypothetically speaking, [[spoiler:Mowgli Mowgli didn't return to the wolf pack after Akela's death]]? death? While it's possible that he was completely confident that his plan would have worked and didn't even thought about this what-if scenario, what would he do if [[spoiler:Mowgli Mowgli never learned about Akela's death and thus never came back to the jungle]]? jungle? Would he just [[spoiler:keep keep killing Mowgli's friends and adoptive family until he finally learned of it and did come straight to him, or would he tire of this strategy and opt to go after Mowgli even if he happened to be in the Man Village]]?
Village?
** He might have just stuck around and continue [[spoiler: acting as the new alpha of the wolf pack.]] pack. Maybe eventually he'd track down Mowgli on his own, or perhaps he'd [[spoiler: sic the wolves on him, leaving them the option of killing Mowgli or getting killed themselves.]]


* It might seem odd that an ape living in the jungles of India would have a [[UnexplainedAccent New York accent]] but Louie comes across as a mob boss or godfather. Louie is even a stereotypical Italian name. His fellow apes could be considered hitmen.
** Just one problem with this theory: [[CriticalResearchFailure Louie is not an Italian name nor a diminutive for one]]. The Italian equivalent is [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Luigi]].

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* It might seem odd that an ape living in the jungles of India would have a [[UnexplainedAccent New York accent]] but Louie comes across as a mob boss or godfather. Louie is even a stereotypical Italian Italian-American name. His fellow apes could be considered hitmen.
** Just one problem with this theory: [[CriticalResearchFailure Louie is not an Italian name nor a diminutive for one]]. The Italian equivalent is [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Luigi]].
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\n*For some, the idea of Shere Khan, a tiger, being so vengeful might seem fictional, until one remembers, though rare, that there have been stories of tigers being vengeful and hunting down the ones the subject of their revenge (One reported case was what happened to a poacher named [[https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129551459 Markov]]).



** Unless Shere Khan killed her which is why Mowgli's dad was carrying him in that sling through the jungle into the cave which normaly would have been his mother's job ....

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** Unless Shere Khan killed her which is why Mowgli's dad was carrying him in that sling through the jungle into the cave which normaly normally would have been his mother's job ....


** Just one problem with this theory: [[CriticalResearchFailure Louie is not an Italian name nor a diminutive for one]]. The Italian equivalent is Luigi.

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** Just one problem with this theory: [[CriticalResearchFailure Louie is not an Italian name nor a diminutive for one]]. The Italian equivalent is Luigi.[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Luigi]].


* It's never brought up in the film, but [[AllThereInTheManual according to jungle law]], attacking and killing humans is ''strictly forbidden'' (because Man is the only animal who will kill for revenge). If Shere Khan had abided by the law and simply [[spoiler: left Mowgli and his father alone]], not only would the tiger not have been left scarred and half blind, [[spoiler: [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot he may very well still be alive]]]].

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* It's never brought up in the film, but [[AllThereInTheManual according to jungle law]], attacking and killing humans is ''strictly forbidden'' (because Man is the only animal who will kill for revenge). If Shere Khan had abided by the law and simply [[spoiler: left Mowgli and his father alone]], not only would the tiger not have been left scarred and half blind, [[spoiler: [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot he [[spoiler:he may very well still be alive]]]].alive]].


** He might have just stuck around and continue [[spoiler: acting as the new alpha of the wolf pack.]] Maybe eventually he'd track down Mowgli on his own, or perhaps he'd [[spoiler: sic the wolves on him, leaving them the option of killing Mowgli or getting killed themselves.]]

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** He might have just stuck around and continue [[spoiler: acting as the new alpha of the wolf pack.]] Maybe eventually he'd track down Mowgli on his own, or perhaps he'd [[spoiler: sic the wolves on him, leaving them the option of killing Mowgli or getting killed themselves.]]]]
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* The appearance of Aladdin’s lamp in King Louie’s cave is a cool Easter egg, on the surface. But in fact, it’s a very clever gag. Lamps give off flames for light, so as part of Louie’s obsession with “the red flower” (as animals call fire) he’d steal a lamp for examining and research. The symbolism is also clear: he gets the power of the lamp, he’ll be a man/god.
** And given how Aladdin’s lamp is the host of phenomenal cosmic power, it would have been fridge horror if he’d actually managed to get that lamp working...



** Just one problem with this theory: [[CriticalResearchFailure Louie is not an Italian name nor a diminutive for one]].

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** Just one problem with this theory: [[CriticalResearchFailure Louie is not an Italian name nor a diminutive for one]]. The Italian equivalent is Luigi.

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** Just one problem with this theory: [[CriticalResearchFailure Louie is not an Italian name nor a diminutive for one]].

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** Ironically, this is the justification given by Kipling himself for why humans cannot understand (or even hear) AnimalTalk: in the book, animals like panthers and wolves vocalize on a register partly outside what humans can hear (except for Mowgli, who grew up with them).


* Shere Khan's decision to wait at the wolf den for Mowgli's return makes sense. While most predators are faster than humans at a sprint, humans (or at least hunter-gatherers, which Mowgli clearly was) are much better long-distance runners. Once Mowgli had a good head-start on the tiger, the end result of a chase would have been Khan's heart giving out from exhaustion.

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* Shere Khan's decision to wait at the wolf den for Mowgli's return makes sense. While most predators are faster than humans at a sprint, humans (or at least hunter-gatherers, which Mowgli clearly was) are much better long-distance runners. Once Mowgli had a good head-start on the tiger, the end result of a chase would have been Khan's heart giving out from exhaustion. Plus, Shere Khan is a cat, who are built as ambush predators.

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** There's also the fact that he's called a ''Sloth'' Bear. Sloth is the sin of laziness, and Baloo is a very lazy Bear. So really, he's called a Sloth Bear not because it's his species, but because of his ''[[LazyBum personality]]''.


** Also, regardless of his voice actor, Louie randomly breaking on the song may show how insane he is.

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** Also, regardless of his voice actor, Louie randomly breaking on the out into song may show just how insane he is.


* The scene where Mowgli rescues a trapped baby elephant isn't just a showcase of Mowgli's cleverness and how he can use his "tricks" to benefit the animals, but also a ShoutOut to Rudyard Kipling's story "Toomi of the Elephants", which is about a boy who manages to earn sufficient trust from an elephant herd that they let him see one of their sacred rites -- note how, afterwards, both Bagheera and Baloo are awestruck at the elephants allowing Mowgli to walk amongst them even to help one of their own, with Baloo commenting he's never seen someone get so close to an elephant before.

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** Also, regardless of his voice actor, Louie randomly breaking on the song may show how insane he is.
* The scene where Mowgli rescues a trapped baby elephant isn't just a showcase of Mowgli's cleverness and how he can use his "tricks" to benefit the animals, but also a ShoutOut to Rudyard Kipling's story "Toomi "Toomai of the Elephants", which is about a boy who manages to earn sufficient trust from an elephant herd that they let him see one of their sacred rites -- note how, afterwards, both Bagheera and Baloo are awestruck at the elephants allowing Mowgli to walk amongst them even to help one of their own, with Baloo commenting he's never seen someone get so close to an elephant before.


* The fact that Shere Khan often uses the Law Of The Jungle as an excuse for why Mowgli can't stay is quite [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]] since he is known to violate it when it suits him. But like Baloo says: "Rules were made to be bent, and ''definetly'' reinterpreted."

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* The fact that Shere Khan often uses the Law Of The Jungle as an excuse for why Mowgli can't stay is quite [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]] since he is known to violate it when it suits him. But like Baloo says: "Rules were made to be bent, and ''definetly'' ''definitely'' reinterpreted."




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* The scene where Mowgli rescues a trapped baby elephant isn't just a showcase of Mowgli's cleverness and how he can use his "tricks" to benefit the animals, but also a ShoutOut to Rudyard Kipling's story "Toomi of the Elephants", which is about a boy who manages to earn sufficient trust from an elephant herd that they let him see one of their sacred rites -- note how, afterwards, both Bagheera and Baloo are awestruck at the elephants allowing Mowgli to walk amongst them even to help one of their own, with Baloo commenting he's never seen someone get so close to an elephant before.

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