The world was first introduced to the tales of jungle boy Mowgli in a series of short stories by English author Rudyard Kipling published in 1893. In 1967, it became Walt Disney Productions’ 19th animated feature.
It was the last film produced by Walt Disney himself before his death.
It was released in October, 1967, 10 months after the visionary’s passing.
The movie introduced the pop culture masses to Bagheera, Baloo and Co. and became a bonafide hit.
Along with Neel Sethi as Mowgli, the film features the voice talent of Bill Murray as Baloo.
As expected, the Internet lost its sh*t.
YouTuber Omer Eliraz made a pretty sweet mash-up featuring the 1967 and current footage.
What many don’t remember, is that Disney *already* released a live-action version of The Jungle Book in 1994.
Lee’s big break had come seven years earlier as a wannabe cholo is the Cheech Marin vehicle Born in East L.A.
That's him second from left, ese.
The New York Times called Lee's Mowgli, "one exotic enough to convince young children that he grew up with wolves and tigers but handsome enough to be a teen-age heartthrob."
Bare necessities, indeed...