Original Release: December 25, 1994 (US)
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Written by: Rudyard Kipling, Ronald Yanover, Mark Geldman, Stephen Sommers
Produced by: Edward S. Feldman, Raju Patel
Running Time: 111 minutes
Box Office: $44,342,956 (US)
An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli the jungle boy who is raised by wolves after being lost when a tiger attacked an encampment and killed his father. Years later he finds himself re-united with his childhood love Kitty and back in the "civilization" of Colonial India which he finds far less civilized then his jungle haunts. The search for a lost treasure shows who the truly civilized members of society are.
Jason Scott Lee (Mowgli), Cary Elwes (Boone), Sam Neill (Brydon), John Cleese (Dr. Plumford), Jason Flemyng (Wilkins), Stefan Kalipha (Buldeo), Ron Donachie (Harley), Anirudh Agarwal (Tabaqui), Faran Tahir (Nathoo), Sean Naegeli (Mowgli, age 5), Joanna Wolff (Kitty, age 5), Liza Walker (Alice), Rachel Robertson (Rose), Natalie Morse (Margaret), Gerry Crampton (Sgt. Major), Amrik Gill (Butler), Rick Glassey (Sgt. Claiborne)
- Fall Creek Falls State Park - 2009 Village Camp Road, Pikeville, Tennessee, USA
- Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
- Beaufort, South Carolina, USA
- Fripp Island, South Carolina, USA
- Bombay, India
- Lena Headey starred in the TV Series Game of Thrones (2011-2019) together with Ron Donachie as well.
- Lena Headey met her now ex-boyfriend Jason Flemyng when filming and it was also his first feature film.
- Lena Headey starred in the mini-series Merlin (1998) and in the movie The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2013) together with Sam Neil as well.
- Lena Headey directed and starred in the unfinished TV Series Desperados / The Sophisticates (2008-2011) together with John Cleese as well.
- Lena Headey starred in the movie Anazapta (2001) together with Jason Flemyng as well.
- Lena Headey starred in the short movie Love (n/a) together with Jason Flemyng as well.
- Lena Headey guest starred in the tv series The Hunger (1997) together with Jason Flemyng as well.
- The film required the use of over 200 trained animals, including 50 Tigers which thankfully probably wouldn't be allowed today.
- During all the scenes involving Shere Khan the set was cleared of non-essential personnel.
- The film was originally intended to be an independent production. Then Disney became involved and provided additional financing, increasing its budget from $18 million to nearly $30 million in the process.
- Filming in Monkey City proved to be quite difficult. It was already extremely hot in India (where the scenes were filmed) and the flame ledges used toward the end of the film, routinely caused the ambient temperature to reach 137 degrees Fahrenheit.
- During the social gathering at the British palace, Dr. Plumford comments on the presence of both Indian and English cultures present by saying the party had "all the bare necessities of life"; a nod to the famous song "Bear Necessities", sung by Baloo, from the original film The Jungle Book (1967).
- For safety reasons a blue screen was used for all of the moments where an actor is face to face with a big cat.
- The only animal that is not actually a real one is Kaa. Due to the difficulty in training snakes, a combination of CGI, animatronics and puppetry was used. Also in this film adaptation he is not referred to by his name; only once he is referred to as "The Great Snake" by Mowgli.
- One of few films that have the principle animal actors' names in the credits. These animal actors were Casey (the main bear who played Baloo), Shadow (the main panther who played Bagheera), Shannon (the wolf who played Grey Brother), Lowell (the orangutan who played King Louie), and Bombay (that main tiger who played Shere Khan).
- Unlike the original and the second remake, King Louie has no desire to rule over the whole jungle. He appears to be content and happy ruling his domain.
- Unlike versions before or since, this is the only time where Shere Khan is not a villain but rather a neutral force of nature. Stephen Sommers stated it would be impossible for him to allow Shere Khan to be killed for his actions seeing how majestic tigers are.
- Disney's first live action remake.
- Several of the animals in this film are not from India. The wolves are North American wolves rather than Indian ones, Baloo is a brown bear which do not live in this region, and King Louie is an orangutan (found only on Borneo and Sumatra).
- When the doctor talks to several girls at the river, lemurs are visible. Lemurs live only in Madagascar.
- Anacondas are native to South America, not India, where the movie is set.
- The film was adapted into a 1996 game, which includes clips from the film, while providing an original story and new characters. The game follows the player in his/her quest to save the jungle. Soldiers have stolen King Louie's crown and the player must recover it to prevent the jungle from losing its magic. The player is aided by a Scotsman named Ilgwom ("Mowgli" spelled backwards) and his chimpanzee, Lahtee, while also guided by a spirit made from Mowgli's memories.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: So can you speak with the animals?
Mowgli: Yes, but they speak not as men speak. With animals, every move, every look, every sound, has a meaning.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Ahh.
Mowgli: The jungle speaks to me. Because I've learned how to listen.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: If you could have spoken to me the first time in the jungle, what would you have said? Did you, uh... did you feel anything?
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Fire?
Mowgli: Great fire.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Oh... It's late, we'd better go.
Mowgli: Please. Stay here. With me.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: I can't. There are conventions, formalities. Things that are just not done. I must do what is civilized.
Mowgli: What must I do?
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: What are you looking at?
Mowgli: I've seen that hat before.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: That's King Louis. Of France.
Mowgli: King Louis? If you see him, tell him I know who took his hat.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: [after Mowgli faces Shere Khan] What's happening?
Mowgli: Shere Khan sees me, not as a man, but as a creature of the jungle.
Captain William Boone: You can die too you know.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: He won't let me die.
Captain William Boone: He's vicious and uncivilized.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Then we'll make him civilized.
Colonel Brydon: It's not done! It's just not done!
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: What's not done? I haven't done anything.
Colonel Brydon: People are beginning to talk.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: People always talk.
Colonel Brydon: I just want what's best for you!
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Well I think you want what's best for you!
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: These are animals.
Mowgli: Theeze aur animals.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Animals are our friends.
Mowgli: Animals aur aur friend. What friend?
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: I'm your friend, and, uh, Doctor Plumford's your friend.
Dr. Julien Plumford: Tongue depressor. Also friend.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Birds are beautiful.
Mowgli: Birds... aur beautiful.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Doctor Plumford, please.
Dr. Julien Plumford: Kitty, I am trying to examine him. Kitty is pest.
Dr. Julien Plumford: You see, he understands.
Mowgli: You's pest.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: No, no. You are pest. You *are* pest. Are. Are.
Mowgli: Aur. Au... Auaa, aaa, aaa.
Dr. Julien Plumford: Good.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Birds are beautiful.
Mowgli: Birds are beautiful. So is you.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: So *are* you.
Mowgli: Yes. You are.
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Thank you.
Dr. Julien Plumford: Picking up fast, isn't he.
Mowgli: Kitty, come! We must go quickly!
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Mowgli, we have to take some of it with us!
Mowgli: This treasure only brings death!
Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon: Just one thing. Just one thing!
Captain William Boone: Katherine! Look what we can have together! Katherine? Come back! Alright go then! GO! Go with your jungle boy! I got what I came for! I don't need you!
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
Brit Award for Best Soundtrack
Excellence in Media's 1994 Golden Angel Award for Best Motion Picture.