Jungle Cubs

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Disney's Jungle Cubs
Jungle Cubs Title.jpg
Disney's Jungle Cubs title card from Season 1
Genre Adventure
Family
Animation
Comedy
Created by Mark S. Bernthal
Written by Sam Graham
Chris Hubbell
Tedd Anasti
Patsy Cameron
Lesa Kite
Roger Reitzel
Peter K. Hirsch
David Weimers
Scott Gray
Directed by Chris Bartleman
Joe Horne
Kenny Thompkins
Blair Peters
Mircea Mantta
Voices of Jim Cummings
Pamela Adlon
Jason Marsden
Elizabeth Daily
Stephen Furst
Rob Paulsen
Dee Bradley Baker
Michael McKean
Cree Summer
David L. Lander
Theme music composer Lou Rawls
Opening theme "The Bare Necessities"
Ending theme "The Bare Necessities" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Stephen James Taylor
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive producer(s) Tedd Anasti
Patsy Cameron
Producer(s) Chris Bartleman
Kenny Thompkins
Blair Peters
Mircea Mantta
Editor(s) Peter Lonsdale
Robert S. Birchard
Carol Lewis
John Royer
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original run October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)  – January 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)

Disney's Jungle Cubs is an animated series produced by Disney for ABC in 1996. It was based on their 1967 feature film The Jungle Book, but set in the youth of the animal characters. The show was a hit, running for two seasons in syndication before moving its re-runs to the Disney Channel. The show was broadcast on Toon Disney, but was taken off the schedule in 2001. The show did air in the United Kingdom on Disney Cinemagic and in Latin America until it was removed. The show's theme song is a hip-hop version of the classic song, "The Bare Necessities" performed by Lou Rawls.

Premise[edit]

The animal stars of Disney's 1967 animated film The Jungle Book were regressed to cubs for this syndicated animated series. Jungle Cubs suggested that when they were younger, both the good and evil animals lived together in relative peace.

Each of the characters were given distinct characteristics which reflected their future personalities as seen in The Jungle Book; this creative idea further tied the show in with its film predecessor. Uptight Bagheera, free-spirited Baloo, headstrong Shere Khan, wild Prince Louie, neurotic Hathi, and hypnotic Kaa all returned from the film, putting aside their differences to live and learn together. The show gave a female elephant named Winifred a prominent role; she was (Colonel) Hathi's wife in The Jungle Book.

The cubs brave a variety of jungle dangers, often matching wits with sneaky vultures Cecil and Arthur. Living up to new federal regulations for educational television, Jungle Cubs offer lessons on friendship, self-respect, and other healthy traits, crafted for an audience of young children.

In the second season of the show, many of the cubs become slightly older and more distanced from one another. (Many are also given different voice actors.) And, although they still remain good friends, they are getting more and more busy with their own lives and spending less time at their fort, the Cub House (Louie's future palace). Louie becomes so wrapped up in being King of the Jungle and is no longer so close to Baloo, Bagheera becomes more serious and uptight than before, and Hathi begins spending more time with Winifred than with the other Cubs. The biggest change, however, is Shere Khan: he spends a lot of time hunting, as Bagheera and Kaa do, and as the series progresses, begins to become more annoyed with the other cubs than before. He even attempts to overthrow Louie at one point, using Kaa (who did not really get a choice in the matter) as a henchman. Kaa, as well as Baloo (with the exception of his friendship with Louie), does not really change much. He still remains sneaky and uses his hypnotism power.

The series was one of many that Disney began producing for ABC as part of its pending purchase of ABC parent company Capital Cities Communications in 1996. As such, it carried over when Disney fully took over the network and established 1 Saturday Morning in 1997.

Characters[edit]

The Jungle Cubs kids: Shere Khan, Kaa, Bagheera, Baloo, Hathi, and Louie.
  • Baloo (voiced by Pamela Adlon): A friendly and free-spirited sloth bear. He likes to play with his friends and sometimes plays tricks on Bagheera in order to snap the latter out of his uptight attitude.
  • Bagheera (voiced by Elizabeth Daily in Season 1, Dee Bradley Baker in Season 2): He is a level-headed and sensible panther who rarely gets into trouble. He has a preoccupation with being clean. Bagheera is affectionately known as "Baggy" or "Bags" and is the youngest in the group. Despite having a Trans-Atlantic accent in the original film, Bagheera speaks with an American accent in the series.
  • Louie (voiced by Jason Marsden in Season 1, Cree Summer in Season 2): Baloo's best friend, an orangutan. He is very physically active, spending a great deal of his time in trees and eating bananas, and wants to become king of the jungle one day, and when any man made objects turn up he immediately shows great interest.
  • Shere Khan (voiced by Jason Marsden): A proud, arrogant Bengal tiger. He often tries to lord over the other animals, but his confidence sometimes suffers when faced with actual problems. He is often called "Khannie" by Baloo and Louie. Despite having a perfect English accent in the original film, Shere Khan speaks with an American accent in the series.
  • Kaa (voiced by Jim Cummings): A young python who wants to hypnotize other animals, but his skills at hypnosis are currently erratic at best.
  • Hathi (voiced by Rob Paulsen in Season 1, Stephen Furst in Season 2): An elephant who attempts to keep the pals in order but is known to stammer when under stress. He is quite bigoted in a way about many things. Later, he develops a huge crush on Winifred, who is his wife in The Jungle Book. He is often called "Little Peanut" by Baloo. Despite having an English accent in the original film, Hathi speaks with an American accent in the series, like Bagheera and Shere Khan.
  • Cecil and Arthur (voiced by Michael McKean and David Lander) - Two vultures who are constantly hoping for one of the cubs to die so that they can eat them. However, they are never seen as a real threat. Cecil and Arthur resemble two Disney villains Jasper and Horace from One Hundred and One Dalmatians visually or Buzzy, Dizzy, Flaps, and Ziggy from the original film.
  • Mahra (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - A ruthless baboon that lives in Pinnacle Rock within the wasteland. She and her idiotic sons have often antagonized the Jungle Cubs when they enter the wasteland. One particular instance is when she and her sons return from a long journey and she wants a new animal skin blanket after her old one is destroyed.

Season differences[edit]

  • In the second season Baloo is slightly taller and darker with a slightly deeper and raspier voice than he had in the previous season, but he is played by the same actor.
  • Kaa is longer in the second season and his voice does not change. He also has almost mastered hypnosis and as of Birthday Snake is a year older.
  • Shere Khan receives the least changes as he is slightly taller with brighter fur when he is a teenager in season 2 but still retains the same voice.
  • Bagheera's voice gets thinner and he is a lighter black shade when he is a teenager in season 2.
  • Louie's crest disappears and his hair goes down. Like most cubs with exception of Kaa, Baloo, and Shere Khan, Louie gets another voice actor, such as Cree Summer.
  • Hathi becomes slightly taller and has lighter skin than the previous season.

Locations[edit]

  • The Cub House, a small temple that the gang and friends use as a club house.
  • The Wasteland, a huge area surrounding The Jungle. Not many animals live out here, except for birds of prey, insects, porcupines and baboons, such as Mahra (Tress MacNeille) and her three sons, who live there. It is also where an evil dictator turtle (Jim Cummings) lives.
  • Pinnacle Rock, a tall pinnacle-shaped rock in The Wasteland. This large rock is the lair of Mahra and her sons.
  • The River, a large river that is where a lot of animals drink at and live at. Arthur & Cecil's nest and cliff are near here.
  • The Man Village, a large village inhabited by humans.
  • Wangjanga Gorge or The Honey Cliffs, an enormous gorge with a stream running through it. It is also called "The Honey Cliffs" because a lot of bees nest on the gorge's cliffs. It appears to have a bad reputation, since it is mentioned by Louie that no one had been down here and lived to tell the tale, but during the Red Dog invasion, Baloo and Kaa managed to survive when they were chased by the resident bees.
  • The Middle Jungle, a deeply hidden area with only one entrance, the throne in The Cub House. Once the snake-like lever has been pulled, the throne moves to reveal a hidden doorway going underground. Once one has traveled down the underground river, they emerge from a large crack in the ground which is in The Middle Jungle. There are the ruins of an old city up ahead and that is where the treasure is hidden, but it is being guarded by a giant, white Cobra named Whitehood.
  • The Quicksand Bog is mentioned in Fool Me Once....
  • Creepy Deepy Swamp, a dark and scary looking swamp near the heart of The Jungle. A Sarus Crane lives here.
  • The Mountains, tall, high, snowy mountains that provide The River with water. It is also where a female mountain sheep live.
  • The Western Jungle, the west side of The Jungle. It is very scrub-like in a way. This is where a sloth and his woodpecker friends live.
  • Baboon Lagoon, a lagoon where some baboons live. These particular baboons are friends with the water buffalo.
  • The Great Lost Temple, an old temple that is used as a music concert.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1996-1997)[edit]

# Title Air date
1 "A Night in the Wasteland" October 5, 1996
Attempting to prove his courage after a joke by Louie and Baloo, Shere Khan vows to travel to Pinnacle Rock in the wasteland unaware that the ruthless baboon Mahra and her sons Ned, Jed, and Fred has returned there and wants a new fur blanket. This episode features the song "Take Your Sweet Sweet Time".
2 "How The Panther Lost His Roar" October 12, 1996
Bagheera's feelings of inadequacy when compared to Khan are worsened when he loses his voice. He then becomes their only hope when the cubs' lives are threatened by a crocodile.
3 "The Humans Must Be Crazy" October 19, 1996
Bagheera becomes convinced that an old pocket-watch will make him a great hunter.
4 "Hathi Meets His Match" October 26, 1996
A young female elephant named Winifred is separated from her family – owned by humans – after a fire in their village, and runs into Hathi.
5 "Buffaloed" November 2, 1996
Khan is tricked into fighting against a water buffalo by Cecil and Arthur. When he finds out, he gets help from Baloo to get even with the vultures.
6 "Mondo Mungo" November 9, 1996
Kaa befriends a young mongoose named "Mungo" and later attempts to win over two bullies using hypnosis.
7 "Bare Necessities" November 16, 1996
The cubs' attempts to prepare for the monsoon season are hampered by Baloo's laziness, but he soon becomes their only hope when they are trapped in a cave as the monsoons begin.
8 "Who Wants To Be A Baboon?" November 23, 1996
After being the victim of one too many jokes, Louie leaves the Cubs and becomes Mahra's assistant.
9 "Red Dogs" November 30, 1996
Louie tricks Kaa into believing that Baloo's sleepwalking is the result of his attempts at hypnosis, sending Kaa out after Baloo just as the lethal Red Dogs return to The Jungle, with only Baloo to save the day. This episode was inspired by "Red Dog," a chapter from Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book.
10 "The Great Kaadini" December 7, 1996
Kaa accidentally hypnotizes the vultures, turning them into competent hunters totally obedient to his commands.
11 "Hulla Baloo" December 14, 1996
Louie becomes jealous when Baloo begins to spend more time with another bear after he saved his life when he was attacked by a leopard.
12 "Shere Bliss" December 21, 1996
When Khan becomes a more fun-loving cat after a bump on the head, the Cubs find themselves trying to bring him back to normal.
13 "Treasure Of The Middle Jungle" December 28, 1996
When a shrew tells the animals about the long-lost 'Treasure of the Middle Jungle', the group - minus Bagheera and Hathi - set out to find it, only to come face-to-face with the massive cobra Whitehood. This episode was inspired by "The King's Ankus," a chapter from from Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book. This episode features the song "When We Find Our Treasure".
14 "Feather Brains" February 22, 1997
Cecil falls in love with a female vulture named Clarice and kicks Arthur out of the nest. Arthur then, unsuccessfully, tries to bond with Khan.
15 "Benny & Clyde" March 1, 1997
Louie is forced to look after his younger cousins.
16 "Splendor in the Mud" March 8, 1997
When the boys play a few pranks, Winifred's uncle gets upset and says Hathi can never see her again. After he falls ill, however and needs red clay to recover, the cubs become his only hope. Includes the song "Jungle Cub Love"
17 "Trouble on the Waterfront" March 15, 1997
The cubs break out into violent arguments when a drought destroys almost their entire water supply. This segment was inspired by "How Fear Came," a chapter from from Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book, in which there is a drought in the jungle and a limited water supply.
18 "Fool Me Once..." March 22, 1997
After a particularly harsh prank by Baloo and Louie, Bagheera fakes his death to get even.
19 "The Coming of the Wolves" March 29, 1997
The cubs find themselves caught between two runaway wolves: Akela, his pregnant mate Leah, and their old pack led by Cain when the wolves hide out at the temple.

Season 2 (1997-1998)[edit]

The second season of Jungle Cubs aired 5 episodes that were combinations of two 11-minute episodes from Season 1, which resulted in 13 total episodes for Season 2.

# Title Air date
20 "The Ape Who Would Be King" December 29, 1997
The Cubs learn of a prophecy that states that Louie will some day be king of the jungle, but Khan wants the role for himself. Includes the song "Everything's Gonna Be Right with the World."
21 "Trunks For The Memories" March 9, 1998

Trunks for the Memories: Hathi's best friend Johar may have to part ways with him when the elephant herd breaks in two due to a food shortage.

Kasaba Ball: The Cubs divide into teams- Louie, Bagheera and Baloo against Khan, a monkey, and the inappropriately-named rhinoceros 'Tiny'- in a game of 'Kasaba Ball' (The Jungle's equivalent of football).
22 "Hathi's Makeover" March 16, 1998

Hathi's Makeover: Hathi tries to become a different kind of animal after he becomes ashamed of being an elephant.

Curse Of The Magnificent Melon: After stealing Hathi's prized melon, Baloo finds himself apparently followed by a mass of frogs accusing him of the crime.
23 "The Five Bananas" March 23, 1998

The Five Bananas: The cubs form a band for an upcoming talent show, but split before the show starts because each of them believes they are the most important instrument in the band.

Birthday Snake: Kaa resorts to hypnosis when he thinks that the others have forgotten his birthday.
24 "Old Green Teeth" March 30, 1998

Old Green Teeth: Louie suffers a crisis of confidence when the Five Bananas are invited to perform for an old idol of his.

The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No: Hathi's inability to say 'no' during a game of Shadow Puppets with Winifred to anyone results in him being forced to take care of a basket full of crazy woodpeckers that was passed from a sloth to a mountain sheep to a crane to a warthog and into Hathi's possession.
25 "Waiting For Baloo" April 13, 1998

Waiting for Baloo: Baloo is entrusted with delivering a bunch of bananas to the baboons and the buffaloes.

Tree For Two: Bagheera and Louie have difficulty getting along when they are forced to live together after a storm destroys their old homes.
26 "Hair Ball" April 27, 1998

Hair Ball: Bagheera runs away from the jungle in embarrassment after coughing up a hair ball in front of the entire jungle, resulting in him joining the 'Embarrassment Club', consisting of various animals who unintentionally humiliated themselves in public.

A Tail Of Two Tails: Kaa and Khan take advantage of Louie's kindness after they sustain "injuries" to their tails while saving him.
27 "Nice Tiger" May 4, 1998

Nice Tiger: Khan tries to convince the other cubs that there's nothing nice about him, but they all think differently.

Sleepless in the Jungle: Baloo has difficulty sleeping due to his concerns about the potential water shortage. This is the first and only episode to have "The Bare Necessities" sung, outside of the opening sequence. Baloo was the first one to sleep in the night in the episode.

Syndication edits[edit]

Occasionally, Disney Cinemagic and Disney Junior have aired some episodes of Jungle Cubs that use two different stories from two separate episodes. Those were:

  • "Trouble on the Waterfront" & "Hulla Baloo"
  • "Benny & Clyde" & "Hathi Meets His Match"
  • "How The Panther Lost His Roar" & "Bare Necessities"
  • "Nice Tiger" & "Sleepless in the Jungle" (Disney Junior's airing)

Also, the following two episodes from the second season use the first season's opening instead.

  • "Trunks for the Memories" and "Kasaba Ball" (Disney Cinemagic's airing)
  • "Waiting For Baloo" & "Tree For Two"
  • "A Tail Of Two Tails" & "Hair Ball" (Disney Junior's airing)
  • "Nice Tiger" & "Sleepless in the Jungle"

Trivia[edit]

Although the series is set in Asia, some of the animals that appear are not native to the region. For example, toucans, sloths and jaguars are South American animals, warthogs and ostriches are African species, in Treasure of the Middle Jungle, lemurs, native to Madagascar, appear and in Featherbrains, an emu, native to Australia, is mentioned.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

VHS releases[edit]

US releases[edit]

Two VHS releases containing 6 episodes of the series were released in the United States.

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date
Cub House Fun "Hathi Meets His Match"
"A Night in the Wasteland"
"Mondo Mungo"
June 12, 1996
Crazy Congo Capers "The Great Kaadini"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Who Wants to be a Baboon?"
April 13, 1997

Australia and New Zealand releases[edit]

Three VHS releases containing 11 episodes of the series were released in Australia and New Zealand.

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date
Jungle Cubs (Volume 1): Born to be Wild "A Night in the Wasteland"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Red Dogs"
August 15, 1997
Jungle Cubs (Volume 2): Once Upon a Vine "Who Wants to be a Baboon?"
"The Humans Must Be Crazy"
"Hathi Meets His Match"
"Mondo Mungo"
"The Treasure of the Middle Jungle"
February 27, 1998
Jungle Cubs (Volume 3): Monkey Business "The Great Kaadini"
"Benny & Clyde"
"The Coming of the Wolves"
May 15, 1998

DVD releases[edit]

On September 8, 2003, one DVD containing three episodes of the series was released.[1]

DVD Name Episode Titles Release Date
Born to Be Wild "A Night in the Wasteland"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Red Dogs"
September 8, 2003

Australian and New Zealand releases[edit]

On September 12, 2003, three DVD containing eleven episodes of the was released.

DVD Name Episode Titles Release Date
Born to be Wild "A Night in the Wasteland"
"How the Panther Lost His Roar"
"Red Dogs"
September 12, 2003
Once Upon a Vine "Who Wants to be a Baboon?"
"The Humans Must Be Crazy"
"Hathi Meets His Match"
"Mondo Mungo"
"The Treasure of the Middle Jungle"
September 12, 2003
Monkey Business "The Great Kaadini"
"Benny & Clyde"
"The Coming of the Wolves"
September 12, 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jungle Cubs [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 


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