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Heartwarming / The Jungle Book

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The original books

  • After the pack casts him out, Mowgli's wolf family assure him that they will always love him.
    • On Mowgli's first time out from the jungle, Akela and Grey Brother are concerned enough to go visit Mowgli on occasion to make sure the humans are treating him okay.
    • "Man goes to Man at the last", but Raksha repeatedly states in "Letting In the Jungle" and "The Spring Running" that she considers Mowgli her cub even if he is different from the wolves.
    • In "The Spring Running", while Grey Brother is the main one, all of Raksha's cubs that grew up with Mowgli are willing to defend him when the others imply Mowgli is being cast out (as opposed to him going of his own accord).
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  • Crossing over with Tear Jerker, Mowgli's leaving the Jungle in The Spring Running also counts, with each of the characters saying their goodbyes, and reassuring Mowgli the decision to leave is his own and they are not casting him out.
    Kaa: Man goes to Man at the last, though the Jungle does not cast him out.
  • From non-Mowgli stories:
    • "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi": The titular mongoose defends the family that saved him from drowning almost completely out of gratitude.
    • "White Seal":
      • The young seal Kotick meets and falls in love with. She's unnamed, but supports his journeys to find a place where the seals won't be hunted and is the first to agree to come with him to the hidden beach.
      • Kotick's father is a bit rough-around-the-edges, but when his son starts fighting the other seals about moving beaches, he joins to the defense of his son for a Back-to-Back Badasses moment and also is one of the first to agree to going to the new beach.
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    • "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat": Purun Bhagat saving the village from a flood due to how kind they were to him and wanting to repay them.

The 1967 animated film
"With just the bare necessities of life!"
  • Baloo and Bagheera walking off into the sunset, singing "The Bare Necessities" together.
    • A meta example. This was the last animated film Walt Disney worked on. The ending with Mowgli being drawn into the village by the singing girl was his idea, and he had to fight tooth and nail to convince Ollie Johnston that it was the right ending. Afterwards, Hazel George (Disney's personal nurse) went up to him in tears, saying that it was perfect.
  • The love and care that many of the jungle animals give to defenseless Mowgli is adorable.
  • The group of vultures attempting to cheer up a saddened Mowgli with a barbershop quartet style number, and succeeding.
  • Baloo turns out to be all right. Naturally, Mowgli is so happy to reunite with his friend, especially for holding off Shere Khan earlier.

The 1994 live-action film

  • Young Mowgli and Kitty fall in love, and are reunited later in life against all odds.
  • The montage of Kitty and Dr. Plumford teaching Mowgli how to interact with society again. It beautifully evolves from a pet project into a friendship with him.
  • Baloo survives being shot in the end. It's a wonderful reveal with Dr. Plumford remarking that he was a "very good patient."

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