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  • Was Kaa really going to eat Bagheera after hypnotizing him? I mean, a "man-cub" is one thing, but a fully grown panther is much bigger and higher on the food chain.
    • Kaa was just trying to get rid of Bagheera so he could eat Mogwli without interruptions.
    • Actually, large Indian pythons can and do eat leopards. Not every day obviously, but they can.

  • Shere Khan was clearly suspicious that Kaa was hiding something, and all Kaa does is dig himself deeper. So why does Shere Khan walk away?
    • One possibility is that Shere Khan was too arrogant to even contemplate the possibility that Kaa would lie to him so many times in a row, and decided he was probably being too paranoid. After all, he is pretty confident that everyone in the jungle is terrified of him.
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    • Alternatively, Shere Khan actually does respect Kaa more than he lets through. It's a nine meter long python with hypnotic powers we're talking about. On the ground Shere Khan has the advantage, but tigers are not particularly agile climbers (too heavy) and trying to maintain balance AND fight a giant python up in a tree would probably be a little too much, so he doesn´t really care to climb up and check for himself. Also, he paws Kaa away from his face as soon as the snake tries to hypnotize him; although his demeanor would make it seem as if he's just annoyed, maybe he was actually being wary. There's really no reason why Kaa's hypnotic powers would work on Bagheera but not Shere Khan...

  • Shouldn't Bagheera have ripped Mowgli's loincloth off? I highly doubt a 10-year-old boy holding a sapling would be strong enough to win a tug-a-war with grown panther gripping him by a pair of shorts that obviously wasn't even fashioned by a professional tailor.

  • Isn't taking Mowgli to a man-village only gonna further motivate Shere Khan to kill the Mancub? He wants to prevent Mowgli from growing up and using guns or fire, which is even MORE likely to happen when the people at the village raise him. If Mowgli lives in the jungle forever, there's no threat of him learning any of that.
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    • True, but on the other hand, it makes Mowgli less of an individual threat to Shere Khan, making it harder for the tiger to try and kill him.

  • "Word has grabbed my royal ear, have a banana, that you wanna stay in the jungle" Um... King Louie, if you somehow knew Mowgli was being sent to a man-village against his will, shouldn't you have also known that he lived in the jungle his whole life and NEVER learned how to make fire, which is your only reason to help him stay in the jungle in the first place?
    • He may not be aware of how long Mowgli has lived in the jungle, or may not truly understand that knowledge of how to make fire is something men have to actually learn, rather than something they're basically born knowing how to do.
      • Fridge Brilliance. Animal knowledge tends to be more about inborn instincts, while humans spend a lot more time learning things from the surrounding culture. (I mean obviously animals learn some things from their kin, and humans have some instincts, but overall it's not the same). King Louie assumes that men build fires the same way that birds build nests. It's just something they know how to do.

  • Couldn't Kaa hand Mowgli over to Shere Khan so he can can murder him for being a man, then eat him, something which Shere Khan seems to have no interest in?
    • Even though Kaa wants to eat Mowgli, he doesn’t support Shere Khan’s desire to kill him, since he wants to kill him for a different reason. Kaa just wants to eat Mowgli, but Shere Khan wants to kill Mowgli simply out of spite for being a human, something even Kaa does not approve of.
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    • Nothing says Shere Kahn WOULDN'T eat Mowgli. Sure it's only addressed he wants to KILL him, but it's not much of a stretch to assume Shere Khan would make the most out of a slaughtered man-cub he killed out of spite.
    • Plus it would kind of ruin the benefit for Kaa to eat a corpse that might not even be intact.

  • Bagheera sarcastically comments on Mowglis independence after nearly getting eaten by Kaa, But Bagheera is the one who chose to rest out in that tree in the first place. Even claiming "It'll be safer up there", which it apparently WASN'T! Shouldn't Bagheera be blaming HIMSELF for the incident instead of ridiculing Mowgli's competence?

  • Leaving the fact that this is a Disney movie aside, why does Kaa attempt to eat Mowgli without constricting him first as is normal in pythons? The Latin American dub at least references constriction when Kaa threatens Mowgli to one day "give him a very tight hug", but the original version would make it seem as if Kaa was in the habit of eating his prey alive, using his coils exclusively to hold them in place...
    • For a Watsonian explanation: Kaa isn't the most practical-minded animal around, as he seems to be driven mostly by his whims... even when those whims make him do blatantly stupid things like pause before eating Mowgli just so he can gloat at Bagheera. He also has a bit of a playful streak, and seems to enjoy toying with his prey. It'd be perfectly in his character to simply prefer using hypnosis to subdue his victims and then swallow them alive.

  • Is Shere Kahn not as strong as his reputation claims? Akela says that even if the whole pack defends Mowgli from Shere Khan, they'll all get killed. Shere Khan wasn't even able to finish off ONE BEAR that easily. Granted this is because the vultures and Mowgli's flaming branch intervened before it was too late, but I still think all those wolves could have had some success in fighting Shere Khan. (Worst case senerio : SOME of the wolves killed or life-threateningly injured, but Shere Khan is too weak and injured to fight back against the rest, and ESPECIALLY Mowgli survives)

  • I realize this is a Disney film and thus it probably isn't meant to be taken too seriously, but why does Mowgli walk upright on two legs like a normal human instead of on all fours? Since he was Raised by Wolves, it would make sense for him to walk on all fours like them. Where did he learn to walk bipedally?
    • Not only is it easier on the animators, but it makes his credibility as human character more plausible. But for an in-movie explanation, maybe Mowgli learned a lot from mongooses, monkeys (not the Bandar Log, who kidnap him later) and other bears (not Baloo) who walk on hind legs. The real question should be how THOSE animals know how to walk on their hind legs.
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