Disney’s Jungle Book celebrates 40 years


MUMBAI: The last animation movie to receive the personal touch of the legendary Walt Disney – Jungle Book has completed 40 years.


Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s Novel of the same name, Jungle Book, which released on 18 October, 1967 went on to become the epitome of Disney character animation. The landmark is being celebrated in India with a 40th year anniversary edition DVD with multiple language options and other extra features.


The DVD can be viewed in both Hindi and English available for the first time simultaneously on the movie. The DVD print of the movie has been digitally restored by animation and computer experts who have worked on each frame from the original camera negative.


Excel Home Videos managing director M.N Kapasi says, “Since the Jungle Book was shot using ‘successive exposure’ method, there were around 337,000 frames that is nearly four miles of film strips!”


The extra features on the DVD includes three games featuring the characters of the film and one called DisneyPedia: Junglemania, which also educates children with information on the habitats and lifestyles of the various animals found in the Asian jungles. The DVD also contains music videos by sung Sunidhi Chauhan and performed by Dhoom Machao Dhoom girls besides many others including by American pop rock band, Jonas Brothers.


The DVD also features certain characters who didn’t feature in the original movie and also seven deleted songs apart from award winning  foot tapping songs like “Bare Necessities” and “I wanna be like you,” which have won several awards and accolades. Interviews of present day animators (creators of The Lion King, Tarzan, and Aladdin) who credit Jungle Book to be their inspiration in luring them to the world of animation are also present.


Apart from the two-disc Platinum Edition DVD with language options in 5.1 Dolby surround sound and superb picture quality, there is also a Hindi VCD priced at Rs 99.