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Being the last animated film personally supervised by Walt Disney himself, The Jungle Book (1967) has had its fair share of parodies and homages in media.

Animated Films

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks: In the audience at the soccer match, there's a snake who looks very much like a pink version of Kaa.
  • In the "Pomp and Circumstance" segment of Fantasia 2000, the snake that tries to eat the mice towards the end of the segment resembles Kaa. In addition, Colonel Hathi and Winifred appear as the two elephants.
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  • At the end of The Lion King 1½, Mowgli and Baloo are among the many Disney characters who enter the theater to see the titular movie after Timon's mother rewinds it.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The "Enchanted Place" ending reuses some animation of Mowgli walking around the jungle from the film, with Christopher Robin in place of Mowgli.
  • In Meet the Robinsons, a poster for the movie can be seen in the baseball field during Goob's baseball game.
  • In Ralph Breaks the Internet, a poster for the movie can be seen on the Disney Animation booth in Oh My Disney.
  • The Rescuers: Some shots of Penny running through the swamp during an unsuccessful escape attempt are re-used animation from a scene of Mowgli running through the jungle.
  • Robin Hood reuses a lot of animation from the film:
    • Little John not only looks similar in appearance to Baloo, but was also voiced by the same actor, Phil Harris. The scenes of Baloo dancing with King Louie were also clearly used as the basis for the shots of Little John dancing with Lady Kluck during the "Phony King of England" song.
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    • Sir Hiss looks similar in appearance to Kaa, and his hypnotic eyes use the exact same pattern of colors as Kaa's did.
    • Nutsy and Trigger share the same animation models as the Beatles-esque vultures.
    • The elephants in the film look similar to the ones in The Jungle Book.
  • In Zootopia, in the Naturalist Club, there are bears seen scratching their backs using trees just like Baloo.

Comic Strips

  • Off the Mark: In this strip, the characters from the movie see the Baloo Man Group.
  • Mutts: This strip, part of a storyline in which Jules dreams of visiting India, shows him dancing with a Baloo-esque bear and commenting, "The bear necessities are getting pretty bare."

Live-Action TV

  • In Saturday Night Live, a TV Funhouse sketch spoofing the "Disney Vault" features a scene from a fake direct-to-video sequel, Jungle Book 3.0: Jungle Blog.

Video Games

  • In DuckTales, Kaa appears as an enemy in the Amazon level.
  • In Mickey Mouse 3: Dream Balloon, Ziggy the Vulture appears as the boss of the second level.
  • In the American version of Mickey Mousecapade, Kaa appears as a boss in the woods level.
  • In Quackshot, Shere Khan appears as the boss of the Maharajah level, and Kaa appears as an enemy in the Maharajah, Hideout, and Island levels.

Web Animation

  • How It Should Have Ended features an alternate beginning to the film, wherein Raksha and her children eat baby Mowgli instead of raising him as one of their own. All of Bagheera's friends reprimand him for his actions, except Shere Khan, who is actually glad that Mowgli is dead. During the closing credits, Baloo sings a song to the tune of "Bare Necessities" about wolves eating people, and in The Stinger, Kaa is seen ensnaring and hypnotizing Winnie the Pooh, and the two characters note how similar their voices sound. note 

Web Original

  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    Critic!!Bear: Bare Necessities! Your asses are my recipes! The simple Bare Necessities of death!
    • In his review of the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA, the Critic says that he's seen stranger things online than the various works of Sonic on DeviantArt, and gets a message on his phone not to Google Kaa. The Critic questions why, and is horrified by what he sees.

Western Animation

  • In the 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode, "Home is Where the Bark is", Mowgli makes a cameo appearance as one of the passengers riding on the subway train that Lucky, Cadpig, and Roly ride atop.
  • In the Mickey Mouse (2013) short, "Mumbai Madness", King Louie and the Vultures make cameo appearances.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "I Wanna Be Like You" is parodied as "With a Dart".
    • "Tour de Ferb": the tiger that has been attacking the Tjinder family for generations in bike races has a near-identical design to Shere Khan.
  • In the sketch, "The Baloo Identity" from the Robot Chicken episode, "Batman Forever 21", Baloo is seen in the jungle with Mowgli and Bagheera, when he has dreams of his former life as a bush pilot.
  • The Couch Gag for the The Simpsons episode, "Fland Canyon" is a tribute to the films of Walt Disney, and is animated by Disney animator Eric Goldberg. In Homer's scene, Homer is depicted as a Baloo-like bear who stacks a pile of his trademark favorite foods and shoves them in his mouth as a sound-alike of "Bare Necessities" plays.
  • Towards the end of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "The Thing", when SpongeBob and Patrick release Smelly (Squidward trapped in concrete) into the wild amongst similar-looking creatures, SpongeBob paraphrases Baloo at the end of the film by saying, "But he's with his kind now, where he belongs, and on that note, let us go back to where we belong.".
  • The short, "Bear Necessities" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Fairy Tales for the 90's" is named after the song, "Bare Necessities" from the film.

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