The Bare Necessities

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"The Bare Necessities"
Song by Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman
from the album The Jungle Book
Released1967 (1967)
Songwriter(s)Terry Gilkyson

"The Bare Necessities" is a song, written by Terry Gilkyson,[1] from the animated 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book, sung by Phil Harris as Baloo and Bruce Reitherman as Mowgli.[2]


Originally, it was written for an earlier draft of the movie that was never produced.[3] The Sherman Brothers, who wrote the other songs of the film, kept this as the only song used from the previous version. A reprise of the song was sung by Sebastian Cabot as Bagheera and Phil Harris as Baloo at the end of the film. Van Dyke Parks worked on the arrangement.[4] The song was also sung by Louis Armstrong. In 1967, "The Bare Necessities" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost to "Talk to the Animals" from Doctor Dolittle.[5] A hip-hop version of the song performed by Lou Rawls was used as the theme song for Jungle Cubs.[6]

In other media[edit]

In other languages[edit]

  • In French : "Il en faut peu pour être heureux"'
  • In Czech the song reads "Moudrost medvědí"
  • In Dutch: "Als je van beren leren kan"
  • In German the song reads "Probier's mal mit Gemütlichkeit"
  • In Norwegian the song reads "Ta Livet Som Det Faller Seg"
  • In Spanish: "Busca Lo Más Vital"
  • In Russian: "Простые радости"
  • In Italian: "Lo stretto indispensabile"
  • In Hebrew: "מה שטוב לדב"


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  2. ^ Sackett, S.; Rovins, M. (1995). Hollywood Sings!: An Inside Look at Sixty Years of Academy Award-nominated Songs. Billboard Books. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-8230-7623-9. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Hischak, T.S. (2018). 100 Greatest American and British Animated Films. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 165. ISBN 978-1-5381-0569-6. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  4. ^ McKeen, W. (2017). Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles. Chicago Review Press. p. 254. ISBN 978-1-61373-494-0. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Johnson, J.; Ehrbar, G.; Ghez, D.; Johnson, G. (2014). Inside the Whimsy Works: My Life with Walt Disney Productions. University Press of Mississippi. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-61703-932-4. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine. 1997. Retrieved August 2, 2018. That's meant doing "interesting casting" for the main titles and series theme songs: Lou Rawls singing Jungle Cubs' "The Bare Necessities"; rocker Eddie Money singing the Quack Pack main title; Jefferson Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas ...
  7. ^ "Official UK Charts – UK Mixmasters". Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Largest themed area in expansion plan, Grizzly Gulch, debuts at Hong Kong Disneyland on July 14, 2012 Unique multidirectional terrain-style coaster provides unexpected runaway adventure". Hong Kong Disneyland. June 13, 2012. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Rebecca Keegan (April 15, 2016). "'Jungle Book' director Jon Favreau keeps the 19th century Kipling tone but updates the classic for modern times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2016.