The Jungle Book (1967) Poster

Bruce Reitherman: Mowgli the Man Cub



  • Mowgli : Oh, Baloo, I wanna stay with you.

    Baloo : Certainly, you do.

    Bagheera : Oh? And just how do you think he will survive?

    Baloo : "How do you think he will... " What do you mean how do you think he... He's with me, ain't he? And I'll learn him all I know.

    Bagheera : Oh? That shouldn't take too long.

  • Mowgli : [to the unconscious Baloo]  Baloo, get up. Oh, please get up.

    Bagheera : Mowgli, try to understand.

    Mowgli : Bagheera, what's the matter with him?

    Bagheera : You've got to be brave, like Baloo was.

    Mowgli : You... you don't mean... Oh, no. Baloo.

    Bagheera : Now, now. I know how you feel. But you must remember, Mowgli. Greater love hath no one than he who lays down his life for his friend.

    [At this point, Baloo starts waking up, unbeknownst to Bagheera and Mowgli] 

    Bagheera : Whenever great deeds are remembered in this jungle, one name will stand above all others: our friend, Baloo the bear.

    [Baloo is so moved by this that he starts crying] 

    Baloo : [sniffing]  He's cracking me up.

    Bagheera : The memory of Baloo's sacrifice and bravery will forever be engraved on our saddened hearts.

    Baloo : Beautiful.

    Bagheera : This spot where Baloo fell will always be a hallowed place in the jungle, for there lies one of nature's noblest creatures.

    Baloo : I wish my mother could have heard this.

    Bagheera : It's best we leave now. Come along, man-cub.

    Baloo : [suddenly wide awake]  Hey, don't stop now, Baggy, you're doing great! There's more, lots more!

    Bagheera : [shocked and angry]  Why, you big fraud! You-you-you four-flusher! I-I'm fed up!...

    Mowgli : [ecstatic]  Baloo! You're all right!

    Baloo : Who, me? Sure I am. Never felt better.

  • Baloo : [singing]  Now when you pick a pawpaw / Or a prickly pear / And you prick a raw paw / Well, next time, beware! / Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw / When you pick a pear try to use the claw / But you don't need to use the claw / When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw / Have I given you a clue?

    Mowgli : Golly, thanks, Baloo.

    Bagheera : Pawpaw, ha! Of all the silly gibberish.

    Baloo : [tugging on Bagheera's tail]  C'mon, Baggy, get with the beat.

  • Mowgli : Gee, cousin Louie, you're doing real good.

    King Louie : Now here's your part of the deal, cuz. Lay the secret on me of Man's Red Fire.

    Mowgli : But I don't know how to make fire.

    King Louie : [singing]  Now don't try to kid me, Man Cub / I made a deal with you / What I desire is Man's Red Fire / To make my dream come true / Now give me the secret, Man Cub / Come on, clue me what to do / Give me the power of Man's Red Flower / So I can be like you.

  • Mowgli : Where we goin', Baloo?

    Baloo : Well, uh, it's uh... um... well, it's sorta new and, uh...

    Mowgli : Oh, I don't care, as long as I'm with you.

    Baloo : Mowgli, look, buddy, uh, there's somethin' I gotta tell ya.

    Mowgli : Tell me what, Baloo?

    Baloo : Oh, gee whiz. Now, how did ol' Baggy put it? Uh, uh, Mowgli... Ha! You wouldn't marry a panther, would you?

    Mowgli : Gee, I don't even know what you're talking about.

    Baloo : Mowgli, don't you realize that you're a human?

    Mowgli : I'm not any more, Baloo. I'm a bear like you.

    Baloo : Little buddy, look. Listen to me.

    Mowgli : [play fighting]  Come on, Baloo.

    Baloo : Mowgli, stop it now. Hold still. I wanna tell you something. Now listen to me.

    Mowgli : What's the matter, ol' papa bear?

    Baloo : Look, Mowgli, I've been trying to tell ya, I've been trying all morning to tell ya. I've got to take you back to the man-village!

    Mowgli : The man-village?

    Baloo : Now look, kid, I can explain...

    Mowgli : But-but you said we were partners.

    Baloo : Now believe me, kid, I...

    Mowgli : You're just like... like old Bagheera!

    Baloo : Now just a minute! That's going too far!

  • Shere Khan : Bravo, Bravo. An extraordinary performance. And thank you for detaining my victim.

    Flaps : D-don't mention it...


    Flaps : ...Your Highness.

    Shere Khan : [laughs]  Boo!

    [Vultures flee up to their tree] 

    Dizzy : Let's get out of here!

    Buzzie : Gimme room, gangway!

    [to Mowgli] 

    Buzzie : Run, friend, run!

    Mowgli : Run? Why should I run?

    Shere Khan : Why should you run? Is it possible that you don't know who I am?

    Mowgli : I know you alright. You're Shere Khan.

    Shere Khan : Precisely. And you should know that everyone runs from Shere Khan.

    Mowgli : You don't scare me. I won't run from anyone.

    Shere Khan : Ah, you have spirit for one so small. And such spirit is deserving of a sporting chance. Now, I'm going to close my eyes and count to ten. It makes the chase more interesting... for me. One...

    [Music gets tenser as Mowgli looks for something to defend himself with as Shere Khan continues counting] 

    Shere Khan : ...two...

    [Mowgli spots something and goes over to retrieve it] 

    Shere Khan : ...three...

    [as Mowgli picks up a stick, Shere Khan begins to suspect something] 

    Shere Khan : ...four...

    [Mowgli prepares to defend himself] 

    Shere Khan : You're trying my patience. Five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN!

    [Shere Khan leaps at Mowgli with a loud roar, Mowgli loses all of his nerve at the sight of this fearsome creature] 

  • Mowgli : [mentioning Kaa]  Bagheera, he's got a knot in his tail!

    Kaa : [imitating Mowgli]  He-he-he, he's got a knot in his tail!

  • Kaa : [hypnotizing Mowgli and coiling him up]  Please, go to sleep, sleep tight little man-cub, rest in peace... sleep... sleep...

    Mowgli : Ba... Bagheera?


    Bagheera : Now, it's no use arguing anymore. No more talk until morning.

    Kaa : [laughs]  He won't be here in the morning.

    [starts to eat Mowgli] 

    Bagheera : [almost asleep, but soon notices Kaa about to devour Mowgli]  Huh? Oh yes, he will, I... KAA! HOLD IT, KAA!

    [smacks Kaa in the face] 

  • [after Mowgli pushes Kaa's coils off him the second and last time] 

    Mowgli : [angry]  You told me a lie, Kaa. You said I could trust you!

    Kaa : It's like YOU said: you can't trust ANYONE!

  • Mowgli : [to Kaa]  Go away! Leave me alone!

    Kaa : [trying to get Mowgli to look into his eyes]  Let me look at you.

    [Mowgli resists] 

    Kaa : You don't want me to look at you? Then you look at me.

  • [Kaa has hypnotized Mowgli into a deep sleep] 

    Kaa : You're s-s-snoring.

    Mowgli : [half-asleep]  Sorry.

  • Baloo : Now, look. It's like this, little britches. All you gotta do is...

    Baloo : [singing]  Look for the bare necessities / The simple bare necessities / Forget about your worries and your strife / I mean the bare necessities / Are Mother Nature's recipies / That bring the bare necessities of life / Wherever I wander / Wherever I roam / I couldn't be fonder / Of my big home / The bees are buzzin' in the tree / To make some honey just for me / When you look under the rocks and plants / And take a glance at the fancy ants / Then maybe try a few...

    Mowgli : You eat ants?

    Baloo : You better believe it. And you're gonna *love* the way they tickle.

  • Mowgli : Hello. What are you doing?

    Junior : Shh. Drillin'.

    Mowgli : Can I do it, too?

    Junior : Sure, just do what I do. But don't talk in ranks. It's against regulations.

  • Mowgli : [sees the girl]  Look. What's that?

    Bagheera : Oh, it's the man-village.

    Mowgli : No, no. I mean that.

    Baloo : Forget about those, they ain't nothing but trouble.

    Mowgli : Just a minute. I've never seen one before.

    Baloo : So you've seen one. So let's go.

    Mowgli : I'll be right back. I want a better look.

    Baloo : Mowgli, wait a minute.

    Bagheera : Oh, Baloo. Let him have a better look.

  • Bagheera : I'm taking you to a man-village.

    Mowgli : But why?

    Bagheera : Because Shere Khan has returned to this part of the jungle. And he has sworn to kill you.

    Mowgli : Kill me? But why would he wanna do that?

    Bagheera : He hates man. And Shere Khan is not going to allow you to grow up to become a man. Just another hunter with a gun.

    Mowgli : Aw, we'll just explain to him that I'd never do a thing like that.

    Bagheera : Nonsense. No one explains anything to Shere Khan.

    Mowgli : Well, maybe so. But I'm not afraid. And besides, I...

    Bagheera : [interrupts Mowgli]  Now that's enough.

  • Colonel Hathi : [Seeing Mowgli for the first time]  Well, a new recruit, eh? Ha ha... uh say, what happened to your trunk?

    [Begins prodding Mowgli's nose with his twig] 

    Mowgli : [Much annoyed]  Hey, stop that!

    Colonel Hathi : [Surprised beyond belief]  A mancub! This is treason!

    [Picks Mowgli up with his trunk] 

    Colonel Hathi : Sabotage! I'll have no mancub in my jungle!

    [Puts him down] 

    Mowgli : It's not your jungle!

    Bagheera : [Running onto the scene]  Hold it! Hold it! I can explain, Hathi.

    Colonel Hathi : Colonel Hathi, if you please sir.

    Bagheera : Oh yes. Colonel Hathi. The mancub is with me. I'm taking him to the man village.

    Colonel Hathi : To stay?

    Bagheera : You have the word of Bagheera.

    Colonel Hathi : Good. And remember: an elephant never forgets!

    [Mowgli folds his arms in disgust] 

  • [at the end of "The Bare Necessities"] 

    Baloo : *Beautiful*! That's real jungle harmony.

    Mowgli : I like being a bear.

    Baloo : That's my boy. And you're gonna make one swell bear. Why, you even sing like one!

  • Mowgli : [to King Louie]  What do you want me for?

    King Louie : Word has grabbed my royal ear... Have a banana.

    [he pops a banana neatly out of its skin and into Mowgli's mouth] 

    King Louie : ... that you want to stay in the jungle.

    Mowgli : [his mouth full of banana]  Stay in the jungle? I sure do.

    King Louie : Good, and ol' King Louie...


    King Louie : Ba-ba-do-bay-boo-boo-doo-doo...

    [stops scatting] 

    King Louie : ... that's me, can fix it for you.

    [he takes two bananas] 

    King Louie : Have two bananas.

    [like the first one, he pops these two out of their skins and into Mowgli's mouth] 

    King Louie : Have we got a deal?

    Mowgli : [his mouth full of banana]  Yes, sir, I'll do...

    [he swallows them] 

    Mowgli : I'll do anything to stay in the jungle.

    King Louie : Well, then, I'll lay it on the line for you.

    [he starts singing "I Wanna Be Like You"] 

  • Bagheera : [to Baloo while Mowgli sleeps after they save him from King Louie]  Mowgli seems to have man's ability to get into trouble, and your influence hasn't been exactly...

    Baloo : Shh!


    Baloo : Keep it down! You're gonna wake little buddy. He's had a big day. It was a sockeroo. You know, it ain't easy learning to be like me.

    Bagheera : [scoffs]  A disgraceful performance! Associating with those undesirable scatterbrain apes? I hope Mowgli learned something from that experience.

    Mowgli : [in his sleep]  Scooby-dooby, dooby-doo...

    Baloo : [laughs]  That's my boy.

    Bagheera : Oh, nonsense.

  • Baloo : [scatting]  Well, it's a doo-bah-dee-doo, yes, it's a doo-bah-dee-doo, I mean a doo-bee, doo-bee, doo-bee, doo-bee, doo-bee-dee-doo. And with...

    [Sees Mowgli] 

    Baloo : Well, now. Ha ha! What have we here?

    [sniffs Mowgli] 

    Baloo : Hmmm. Say, what a funny little bit of a...

    Mowgli : [slaps Baloo in the nose]  Go away!

    Baloo : Oh, boy! I've seen everything in these woods. Ooh, what have I run on? What a pretty thing this is.

    Mowgli : Leave me alone.

    Baloo : Well, now. That's pretty big talk, little britches.

    Mowgli : I'm big enough.

    [starts slugging Baloo] 

    Baloo : Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk. Pitiful. Hey, kid. You need help, and ol' Baloo's gonna learn ya to fight like a bear.

  • King Louie : Ha-ha, so you're the mancub? Crazy.

    Mowgli : I'm not as crazy as you are. Put me down!

  • Mowgli : Bagheera, where are we going?

    Bagheera : You're going back to the man-village right now.

    Mowgli : I'm not going.

    Bagheera : Oh, yes, you are.

    Mowgli : [grabbing a hold of a small tree by a river]  I'm staying right here.

    Bagheera : You're going if I have to drag you every step of the way.

    [He grabs a hold of Mowgli's loincloth around his middle in his teeth and tries to tug him off to get him to let go of the tree] 

    Bagheera : [through his teeth]  Let go, you!

    Mowgli : *You* let go of *me*!

    [as Bagheera pulls harder, he accidentally lets go and falls into the river. As he climbs out of the river, he hits head against a fallen log] 

    Bagheera : [furious]  Oh, that does it! I've had it, man-cub! From now on, you're on your own... ALONE!

    Mowgli : Don't worry about me.

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