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Bandar-log
Bandar-log
(Hindi: बन्दर-लोग) is a term used in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
to describe the monkeys of the Seeonee
Seeonee
jungle.

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1 Description 2 History 3 Disney 4 References 5 External links

Description[edit] In Hindi, Bandar means "monkey" and log means "people" – therefore, "Bandar-log" means "monkey people." The term has also since come to refer to "any body of irresponsible chatterers."[1] History[edit] The Bandar-log
Bandar-log
feature most prominently in the story "Kaa's Hunting", where their scatterbrained anarchy causes them to be treated as pariahs by the rest of the jungle.[2] Their foolish and chattering ways are illustrated by their slogan: We are great. We are free. We are wonderful. We are the most wonderful people in all the jungle! We all say so, and so it must be true. Bandar-log
Bandar-log
communicate almost entirely through the repetition of other animals' speech.[3] The Road-Song of the Bandar-log
Bandar-log
is a companion poem to 'Kaa's Hunting', and demonstrates Kipling's strong adherence to poetic form.[3] Disney[edit]

The Bandar-log
Bandar-log
appear in Disney's The Jungle Book. In the animated franchise of this movie, they are portrayed as having toupee-like hairstyles and prehensile tails, the latter being a feature which is non-existent in Old World monkeys. It is stated repeatedly in the Kipling story that the Bandar-log
Bandar-log
"have no king;" however, the Disney film version gave them one: King Louie. He is an orangutan, but in reality, orangutans are not found in India. The Bandar-log
Bandar-log
capture Mowgli
Mowgli
and take him to Louie. They participate in the "I Wan'na Be Like You" musical number, during which Baloo
Baloo
and Bagheera
Bagheera
attempt to free Mowgli
Mowgli
from Louie who tries to get Mowgli
Mowgli
to divulge the secrets to the "red flower" (a name given to fire).

The Bandar-log
Bandar-log
reappear in The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
2, this time without their leader Louie who was mentioned to have left the jungle. They are just seen dancing with Baloo, Mowgli, and other animals during the song "W-I-L-D."

In the 1994 live-action Disney film, the Bandar-log
Bandar-log
appear more as mischievous treasure thieves associated with King Louie
King Louie
(an orangutan again). Their vocal effects are provided by using sounds of chimpanzees and siamangs. One day, a monkey is seen stealing a bracelet from a boy raised by wolves named Mowgli, which belonged and was offered to him by Katherine "Kitty" Brydon in their childhood before Mowgli
Mowgli
was separated from civilization along with his pet wolf, Grey Brother. The monkey then runs off with Mowgli
Mowgli
and Grey Brother in pursuit until they reach an abandoned city inhabited by monkeys called "Monkey City." After Mowgli
Mowgli
(with Grey Brother told to wait outside) enters the city and into the treasure trove, the Bandar-log
Bandar-log
are seen gathering along with their "king," King Louie
King Louie
wearing King Louis XIV's crown. When Mowgli
Mowgli
demands that King Louie
King Louie
returns his bracelet and the ape refuses, the ape summons his treasure guardian; Kaa
Kaa
the deadly python. The monkeys watch in shock as a battle ensues between the boy and the snake in the moat; ending with the boy triumphing by wounding the snake with a dagger he found with the treasure pile and winning. After Mowgli
Mowgli
wins and stares at the monkeys, the monkeys start to fear him. King Louie
King Louie
admits defeat, returns the bracelet to Mowgli, and applauds him with the monkeys cheering over his victory. Later on, when Captain Boone (the main villain of the film) and Kitty reach the treasure trove, King Louie
King Louie
and the monkeys watch in horror as Mowgli and Boone engage in a fierce sword fight. The battle ends with Mowgli wounding the evil soldier on the right arm with a dagger. The Bandar-log
Bandar-log
cheer for Mowgli's next victory and King Louie
King Louie
takes care of the rest by summoning Kaa
Kaa
again. As Mowgli
Mowgli
and Kitty leave the place and Boone stays to gather some loot since "the treasure only brings death," the monkeys continue screeching, chittering, and cheering. Then, when King Louie
King Louie
and the Bandar-log
Bandar-log
stop, Boone suspects this means something strange is about to happen. His suspicions are proven correct when Kaa
Kaa
surprises Boone from behind; causing him to fall into the moat. When Boone is underwater, dragged down by the weight of the treasure in his backpack, he notices a few skeletons of people whom Kaa
Kaa
had killed in the past. Boone joins them while screaming in terror when Kaa
Kaa
unexpectedly appears and strikes, thus killing him. The Bandar-log
Bandar-log
and King Louie
King Louie
are happy and cheer over Boone's death. In the 2016 film, the Bandar-log
Bandar-log
are portrayed as various species of Indian primates (namely macaques, langurs, and Indian gibbons) rather than all being the same species of monkey. They kidnap Mowgli
Mowgli
and present him to their leader, King Louie, who is a Gigantopithecus
Gigantopithecus
in this version, in order to learn the secret of the "red flower". As in the 1994 film, they do not speak. Their vocal effects were created by using sounds of chimpanzees and gibbons in addition to uncredited human voice actors.

References[edit]

^ Entry for bandar-log in the Oxford English Dictionary Online, 2013 - The entry for bandar-log has not been updated since 1933. ^ Gose, Elliott B. (1988). Mere Creatures: A Study of Modern Fantasy Tales for Children. University of Toronto Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-8020-5761-7.  ^ a b Parsons, Marnie (1994). Touch Monkeys. University of Toronto Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-8020-2983-6. 

External links[edit]

Road Song of the Bandar-Log Media related to Bandar-log
Bandar-log
at Wikimedia Commons

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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 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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