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Baloo
Baloo
(Hindi: भालू Bhālū, "bear")[1] is a main fictional character featured in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
from 1894 and The Second Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book
from 1895. Baloo, a bear, is the strict teacher of the cubs of the Seeonee wolf pack. His most challenging pupil is the "man-cub" Mowgli.[2] Baloo
Baloo
and Bagheera, a panther, save Mowgli from Shere Khan
Shere Khan
the tiger and endeavor to teach Mowgli
Mowgli
the Law of the Jungle in many of The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
stories.

Contents

1 Name and species 2 In film, television, and theatre

2.1 Disney versions

2.1.1 TaleSpin
TaleSpin
(1990-1991) 2.1.2 The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1994) 2.1.3 Jungle Cubs
Jungle Cubs
(1996-1998) 2.1.4 Stage adaptation (2013) 2.1.5 The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(2016)

2.2 Japanese anime (1989) 2.3 Live Action Series (1998) 2.4 2010 animated series (2010-2015) 2.5 Live Action Film (2018)

3 Trivia 4 References

Name and species[edit] He is described in Kipling's work as "the sleepy brown bear"[2]. Robert Armitage Sterndale, from whom Kipling derived most of his knowledge of Indian fauna, used the Hindi word "Bhalu" for several bear species, though Daniel Karlin, who edited the Penguin reissue of The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
in 1987, states that, with the exception of colour, Kipling's descriptions of Baloo
Baloo
are consistent with the sloth bear, as brown bears and Asian black bears do not occur in the Seoni
Seoni
area where the novel takes place. Also, the name sloth can be used in the context of sleepiness. Karlin states, however, that Baloo's diet of "only roots and nuts and honey" is a trait more common to the Asian black bear than to the sloth bear. Nevertheless, this may be single observation only; according to the dietary habits of sloth bears, while sloth bears prefer termites and ants (which is also described as Baloo's special treat in The Jungle Book), their main sources of food are honey and fruits most of the year. [3] In the 2016 adaptation, Baloo
Baloo
is stated to be a sloth bear by Bagheera, though his appearance is similar to that of a Himalayan brown bear. Though this subspecies of the brown bear is absent from historical records on Seoni, it might have ranged across most of northern India.[4] In film, television, and theatre[edit] Disney versions[edit]

Baloo

Baloo
Baloo
as he appears in the Walt Disney's The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1967).

First appearance The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1967)

Last appearance The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(2016)

Created by Rudyard Kipling Walt Disney

Voiced by

Phil Harris
Phil Harris
(The Jungle Book) A.J. Henderson (Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli) Ed Gilbert (TaleSpin) Pamela Adlon
Pamela Adlon
(Jungle Cubs) John Goodman
John Goodman
( The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
2) Steven Curtis Chapman ( The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
Groove Party) Kevin Carolan ( The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
Musical) Joel McCrary (currently) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2016 adaptation) Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis
(2018 adaptation)

Full name Baloo
Baloo
von Bruinwald XIII ( TaleSpin
TaleSpin
incarnation)

Baloo, based on Kipling's creation, has appeared in various Disney productions, starting with the company's 1967 feature-length animated film The Jungle Book. In this version, Baloo
Baloo
(voiced by Phil Harris) is portrayed as a friendly, even-tempered character who lives a responsibility-free lifestyle, seemingly far removed from the law teacher in Kipling's book. Like in the novel, Baloo
Baloo
is one of Mowgli's mentors and friends. Baloo
Baloo
is also patient and strong; his only apparent weakness is that he's ticklish. Baloo
Baloo
is initially opposed to bringing Mowgli
Mowgli
to the Man Village, wanting to raise him as a son. However, when Bagheera
Bagheera
explains that Mowgli
Mowgli
is easy prey for Shere Khan the tiger and that he's not safe in the jungle, even with Baloo's diligent protection, Baloo
Baloo
realizes he has a point and agrees to tell Mowgli
Mowgli
the difficult truth. Mowgli
Mowgli
turns on Baloo
Baloo
and runs away, prompting him and Bagheera
Bagheera
to split up and search for the boy. Baloo isn't seen again until the climax of the film, when he sees Mowgli preparing to battle Shere Khan. Baloo
Baloo
attempts to stop the tiger, but almost gets killed in the process. After Mowgli
Mowgli
follows a girl named Shanti into the village and decides to stay there, Baloo
Baloo
is slightly disappointed, but is ultimately relieved that Mowgli
Mowgli
is safe at last. He and Bagheera
Bagheera
then return to the jungle as they sing a reprise of "The Bare Necessities" together.[5] Baloo
Baloo
returns in the 2003 animated sequel The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
2 in which he is voiced by John Goodman. He is eager to reunite with Mowgli, in spite of Bagheera's exasperation and the return of a vindictive Shere Khan, humiliated by his previous defeat at Mowgli's hands. He sneaks into the Man Village at night after eluding Bagheera
Bagheera
and Colonel Hathi's herd to visit Mowgli
Mowgli
and takes him off into the jungle after being caught by Shanti, who felt bad for getting Mowgli
Mowgli
in trouble, and unknowingly saves him from Shere Khan, who also came to the village. This leads Shanti, Ranjan, and some of the other villagers to go into the jungle to search for him. Mowgli
Mowgli
tells Baloo
Baloo
all about the negative aspects of the village while hiding the positive feelings he also has about the place. When Baloo
Baloo
makes fun of Mowgli's life in the village and scares Shanti like Mowgli
Mowgli
asked him to, he unintentionally hurts Mowgli's feelings and annoys him. Baloo
Baloo
and Shanti continue to hate each other until they both say they're trying to save Mowgli
Mowgli
from Shere Khan
Shere Khan
(who ambushed Mowgli
Mowgli
when he went after Shanti and Ranjan to apologize) during an argument. From then on, they acknowledge one another as friends. After he, Mowgli, and Shanti trap Shere Khan
Shere Khan
under a statue on a rocky outcrop in a lava lake, Baloo
Baloo
understands that Mowgli's place is in the village and sadly says good-bye to him. However, it is revealed the next day that Mowgli, Shanti, and Ranjan have the village leader's permission to visit the jungle as they please (presumably because, with Shere Khan
Shere Khan
gone, the jungle is now "certified as safe"). The movie ends with Baloo, Shanti, and Mowgli singing a reprise of "The Bare Necessities" while Ranjan plays with Bagheera. Baloo
Baloo
became a popular character after the success of the Disney films. He was made famous by the song "The Bare Necessities", sung by Phil Harris, in which he tells Mowgli
Mowgli
how to live off the land and still have a life of luxury. TaleSpin
TaleSpin
(1990-1991)[edit] In the 1990 Disney animated TV series TaleSpin, Baloo
Baloo
(voiced by Ed Gilbert) is the main character of the series and is based primarily on the character from Disney's The Jungle Book, but he wears a flight cap and a yellow shirt. He also has four-fingered hands instead of his Jungle Book counterpart's claws. He has an easy-going and cheeky personality just like the Jungle Book version. Although juvenile, scruffy, directionless, and a slacker, he is also an excellent pilot and capable of dangerous aerial maneuvers. He flies a cargo plane called the Sea Duck. He will also bravely come to the aid of people in need of help. Some of his mannerisms survive from The Jungle Book, including his nickname of "Papa Bear" given by his young friend Kit Cloudkicker, which Mowgli
Mowgli
had given to him in The Jungle Book. He also calls Kit "Little Britches", as he did with Mowgli. The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1994)[edit] In the 1994 Disney live-action film The Jungle Book, Baloo, like all the other animals featured, does not speak. He is portrayed by an American black bear
American black bear
named Casey. He first meets Mowgli
Mowgli
as a cub when Mowgli
Mowgli
finds him trapped inside a broken log. Mowgli
Mowgli
frees him and they become fast friends. In a later scene, while Mowgli
Mowgli
is escorting his childhood sweetheart Katherine "Kitty" Brydon through the jungle, Baloo
Baloo
appears and playfully wrestles with Mowgli, in the process temporarily scaring Kitty until Mowgli
Mowgli
introduces his jungle friends to her. In a later tussle against soldiers working for Captain William Boone, the main villain, Baloo
Baloo
is shot and left for dead, but Mowgli finds him and locates Dr. Julius Plumford to save his life. In the final scene, after Boone's defeat, Dr. Plumford is shown to have successfully saved Baloo, and is seen standing with Baloo
Baloo
beside a waterfall.[6] Jungle Cubs
Jungle Cubs
(1996-1998)[edit] In the 1996 Disney animated TV series Jungle Cubs, Baloo
Baloo
(voiced by Pamela Adlon) is a kind-hearted and genial cub. He likes to play with his friends (including his best friend Louie) and sometimes plays tricks on Bagheera
Bagheera
in order to snap the latter out of his haughty attitude. Stage adaptation (2013)[edit] Disney's 2013 stage adaptation of The Jungle Book, directed by Mary Zimmerman, features Kevin Carolan as Baloo.[7] The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(2016)[edit] In the 2016 Disney live-action film The Jungle Book, Baloo
Baloo
is voiced by Bill Murray. Baloo
Baloo
first appears when Kaa
Kaa
is about to devour Mowgli, and rescues him from the python before she can eat him. Baloo
Baloo
then takes Mowgli back to his cave and tells him to help him gather honey in exchange for saving his life. Eventually, Baloo
Baloo
and Mowgli
Mowgli
form a strong attachment with Mowgli
Mowgli
deciding that he wants to stay with Baloo
Baloo
until the winter season arrives. When Bagheera
Bagheera
shows up, Mowgli
Mowgli
reveals that he wants to live with Baloo. Baloo
Baloo
then speaks with Bagheera, and Baloo
Baloo
reluctantly agrees to send Mowgli
Mowgli
away to the Man-village so he is safe from Shere Khan. To this end, he says he and Mowgli
Mowgli
were never friends, hoping his lie will coerce Mowgli
Mowgli
into going to the Man-village. However, before Mowgli
Mowgli
can decide, monkeys under the command of the Gigantopithecus, King Louie, abduct him. Baloo
Baloo
and Bagheera
Bagheera
track the monkeys back to their temple, and fight them off long enough for Mowgli
Mowgli
to hide from Louie. The ensuing chase results in Louie's apparent death. When Mowgli
Mowgli
learns of Akela's death by Shere Khan
Shere Khan
from Louie, he angrily decides to face Shere Khan, and steals a torch from the man-village, accidentally starting a fire in the jungle. Baloo
Baloo
and Bagheera
Bagheera
follow him in close pursuit and help to distract Shere Khan
Shere Khan
alongside Raksha and the rest of Mowgli's wolf pack so that Mowgli
Mowgli
can set a trap that later kills Shere Khan. After Shere Khan
Shere Khan
is defeated and the fire extinguished, Mowgli
Mowgli
is last seen sometime later with Baloo
Baloo
and Bagheera, having at last found his true home in the jungle. Japanese anime (1989)[edit] In the 1989 Japanese anime television series Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli
Mowgli
also based on The Jungle Book, Baloo, (voiced by Banjō Ginga in Japanese and A.J. Henderson in the English dub) is more faithfully depicted as a strict teacher of Mowgli, not above getting physical in his displeasure when the boy is being difficult.[8] Live Action Series (1998)[edit] In the live-action TV series Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book based on the original Jungle Book stories, Baloo
Baloo
is once again given a more sensible personality faithful to that of the books.[9] 2010 animated series (2010-2015)[edit] In the Indian computer animated TV series The Jungle Book, Baloo (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) is once again given a more conservative personality faithful to that of the books. He is also depicted in this series as wearing glasses and as bipedal. Live Action Film (2018)[edit] In the 2018 Warner Bros. live-action film Mowgli, Baloo
Baloo
will be played by Andy Serkis, who is also serving as the film's director. Trivia[edit] In the original novel, Baloo
Baloo
is described as a brown bear.[2] In the 1967 version of Walt Disney's "The Jungle Book", he's portrayed as a Sloth Bear, meanwhile in the Russian version, he's portrayed as an Asian Black Bear.[5][10] In the 1994 remake of "The Jungle Book", Baloo
Baloo
is portrayed by a Cinnamon Bear.[6] In the live-action television shows and movies, they have Baloo portrayed by an American Black Bear.[6][9] References[edit]

^ "Hindi Translation of "bear" Collins English-Hindi Dictionary". www.collinsdictionary.com. Retrieved 2018-03-26.  ^ a b c Kipling, Rudyard (1987). The Jungle Book. Penguin. ISBN 0140432825.  ^ Laurie, Andrew; Seidensticker, John (1977-06-01). "Behavioural ecology of the Sloth bear
Sloth bear
(Melursus ursinus)". Journal of Zoology. 182 (2): 187–204. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1977.tb04155.x. ISSN 1469-7998.  ^ Boitani, L.; Cowling, R.M.; Dublin, H.T. (2008). "Change the IUCN Protected Area Categories to Reflect Biodiversity Outcomes.". PLoS Biology 6 (3): 436–438. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060066. ^ a b Reitherman, Wolfgang (1967-10-18), The Jungle Book, Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, retrieved 2018-03-26  ^ a b c Sommers, Stephen (1994-12-30), The Jungle Book, Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, retrieved 2018-03-26  ^ Weinert-Kendt, Rob (2013-06-20). "'The Jungle Book' Comes to the Stage". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-26.  ^ "Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli". www.animationsource.org. Retrieved 2018-03-26.  ^ a b Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book, Sean Price McConnell, Lindsey Peter, Bart Braverman, retrieved 2018-03-26  ^ Smith, Patrick (2016-04-25). "We don't wanna be like you: how Soviet Russia made its own, darker Jungle Book". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 

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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

Books

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1894) The Second Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book
(1895) All the Mowgli
Mowgli
Stories (1933)

Mowgli
Mowgli
stories

"Mowgli's Brothers" "Kaa's Hunting" "Tiger! Tiger!" "Letting in the Jungle" "Red Dog"

Other stories

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" "Toomai of the Elephants"

Characters

Mowgli Baloo Bagheera Akela Raksha Kaa Hathi Shere Khan Bandar-log King Louie

Disney franchise

Film

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1967) The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1994) The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998) The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
2 (2003) The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(2016)

Television

TaleSpin
TaleSpin
(1990–91) Jungle Cubs
Jungle Cubs
(1996–1998)

Soundtrack

"Colonel Hathi's March" "The Bare Necessities" "I Wan'na Be like You" "Trust in Me" "That's What Friends Are For" "My Own Home" "Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai"

Video games

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(1993) The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
Groove Party (2000)

Other

The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Other adaptations

Film

Elephant Boy (1937) Jungle Book (1942) Adventures of Mowgli
Mowgli
(1973) The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli
Mowgli
& Baloo
Baloo
(1997) Mowgli's First Adventure: In Search of the Elephant Eye Diamond (1998) Mowgli
Mowgli
(2018)

Television

Elephant Boy (1973) Mowgli's Brothers (1976) Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli
Mowgli
(1989–90)

episodes

Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book (1998) The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
(2010–)

Other

The Third Jungle Book
The Third Jungle Book
(1992) A dzsungel könyve Djungelboken

Related

Law of the jungle Mowgli
Mowgli
syndrome The Graveyard

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