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  • Adaptation Displacement: More people know about the aforementioned Disney movie than Kipling's books.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Shere Khan could be interpreted as an avenger against Man, seeing how they have hunted and killed his species purely for their striped pelts. Bagheera does mention at one point that Shere Kahn will not let Mowgli grow up to be "another hunter with a gun". A storybook adaptation of the film even stated that Shere Khan had once been shot by a hunter.
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    • There's a lot of debate on This Very Wiki whether Shere Khan is Affably Evil or Faux Affably Evil.
    • In the books, he's born crippled, meaning he finds it easier to hunt humans. This is a common explanation for many man-eating predators. The film removes his lameness, and therefore his reason for attacking humans.
    • As some have noted, King Louie's desire to "be human" may be less playful than he implies. What do most animals in the jungle fear? The power of fire. If an animal has the power over fire, they could rule the jungle uncontested. He even says himself that he's the king of the apes, and that's not enough for him. Being a king over other primates is not where he wants to cap out. This is exactly the direction the 2016 live-action / CGI movie took the character into, making him a fully-fledged villain who wants to take over the jungle with the power of fire.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Mowgli seems far more choked up about leaving Baloo (who he's known for all of a couple of days) than his wolf family that raised him for about a decade.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Kaa is praised as one of the most entertaining villains in Disney Animated Canon and, due to his Hypnotic Eyes, has garnered an unusual fanbase amid fans of using hypnosis and, to a lesser extent, vore lovers (especially on DeviantArt). A second scene was in fact produced for the movie after he proved popular with test audiences.
    • While Shere Khan had little screen-time for a Disney baddie, his build-up and mannerism made him quite the scene-stealer when he finally made his appearances. He even stole a scene from Kaa.
    • King Louie, who has just one scene (and musical number), but is very fondly remembered as a highlight of the movie.
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    • Shanti originally wasn't very popular, but fans warmed considerably up to her after she'd been given a name and a personality, and became one of the main characters in The Jungle Book 2. The sequel itself is considered average at best, but Shanti got a sizeable fanbase.
  • Evil Is Cool: Shere Khan the tiger arguably personifies this trope. It’s kind of funny considering he’s a lesser evil Disney Villain and can still encompass this trope. This is what happens when you’re portrayed as a big, brutal badass and a well-mannered gentleman.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film is the most popular of Disney's animated films in Germany and still remains a box office record holder there, the result of Superlative Dubbing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: So much between Baloo and Bagheera.
    • In particular, this exchange:
    Bagheera: You can't adopt Mowgli as your son.
    Baloo: Why not?
    Bagheera: How can I put it... Baloo, birds of a feather should flock together. You wouldn't marry a panther, would you?
    Baloo: I don't know. [laughs] Come to think of it, no panther ever asked me. [nudges Bagheera in the ribs]
    • The film ends with Baloo and Bagheera literally walking off into the sunset together. This occurs seconds after Baloo advises Mowgli to swear off women.
  • Memetic Badass: One of the main reasons why Shere Khan is so popular.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "What are we gonna do?" "I don't know; whatcha wanna do?" "Hey, don't start that again!"
    • The Jungle Book wedgie (The scene where Bagheera tried to drag Mowgli to the Man Village by his loincloth while Mowgli held onto a tree) is very popular.
    • Bagheera reaching for Mowgli at King Louie's palace, only for Baloo to storm in through the door, smacking Bagheera in the face by accident. The meme labels Bagheera as someone who wants what ever Mowgli is labeled as, while Baloo is some kind of misfortune hindering them.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The portrayal of Shere Khan as a tiger lacking a lame leg originates with the 1942 screen adaptation and even the story book opening, a staple of Disney films of the time, was done in that adaptation.
    • The film's main theme "Jungle Beat" was originally written for the 1964 New York World's Fair under the title "Serengeti Serenade".
  • One-Scene Wonder: Shanti who just appears at the end to sing a song.
  • Padding: The elephants, who contribute next to nothing to keep Shere Khan away even as they march about military-style to defend their jungle.
  • Popular with Furries: Kaa is the most influential snake character for the scaly fandom. Due to him, and to a lesser extent Sir Hiss from Robin Hood, many snake characters have similar Hypnotic Eyes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • One of the main criticisms against the movie is that Mowgli himself felt flat, underdeveloped and passive in his own story, making him easily overshadowed by the villains and supporting characters.
    • The wolves, compared to the novels and most adaptations, are fairly minor characters with barely any characterisation. Their relationship with Mowgli is given only passing mention, and they get no appearance or even so much as a mentioning in the sequel.
  • Toy Ship: Mowgli can't be older than ten, but that doesn't stop the similar-aged village girl Shanti from making goo-goo eyes at him.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: We're supposed to root for and relate to Mowgli, but he comes off as less heroic and more bratty, selfish, and self-absorbed than the filmmakers probably intended. He doesn't seem too upset with leaving behind his wolf family and initially gives no good reason for wanting to stay in the jungle (despite the massive danger that entails) besides "it's more fun". The only guardian he seems to listen to is Baloo, and that's only because Baloo appeals to his more playful side unlike the strict Bagheera. And finally, he leaves his two guardians without even a care just because a pretty girl flirted with him.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Many people find Kid Hero Mowgli the least interesting character in the movie, in contrast to the funny and entertaining animals he interacts with (all of them, including Bagheera).
  • Values Dissonance: Shanti in the original film is portrayed as a shameless Fille Fatale, with the camera lingering over her batting her eyelashes at Mowgli etc., in a way that no kids' film would present a ten-year-old child today.
  • What an Idiot!: Kaa answering Bagheera's call for Mowgli to remain quiet til morning wasn't a bright idea, especially since he would've gotten away with eating the man cub if he hadn't done so.

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