In 1967, Disney’s The Jungle Book roared its way into cinemas. The animated musical, based on the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, was a box office hit which led to a series of movies.
But how many Disney Jungle Book movies are there?
The short answer?
Disney LOVE making Jungle Book movies. Heck, the studio has even made a couple of animated shows about The Jungle Book (TaleSpin and Jungle Cubs).
But let’s talk movies…
The Disney Jungle Book films in order
To date, there are five Disney Jungle Book movies. The Jungle Book movies – which were produced between 1967 and 2016 – include:
- The Jungle Book (1967)
- The Jungle Book (1994)
- The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story (1998)
- The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
- The Jungle Book (2016)
Are all of the Jungle Book movies part of the same series?
The Jungle Book ’67 and (and the belated sequel) The Jungle Book 2 are animated features which are all part of the same series. The Jungle Book 2 was released during the early ’00s when Disney started producing sequels to some of its biggest animated features.
The Jungle Book ’94, The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story, and The Jungle Book 2016 are all live-action adaptations of Kipling’s original story. None of these films are linked and can all be viewed as separate entities.
Who are the cast of Disney’s Jungle Book films?
The cast of the Jungle Book films varies across the five movies. Notable actors in the Jungle Book series include Bruce Reitherman, Phil Harris, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, John Cleese, Jason Flemyng, Brandon Baker, Eartha Kitt, Clancy Brown, Fred Savage, Haley Joel Osmen, John Goodman, Tony Jay, Phil Collins, John Rhys-Davies, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Christopher Walken.
Is the Jungle Book series the work of the same director?
Disney’s Jungle Book films are the work of multiple directors. Wolfgang Reitherman directed The Jungle Book ’67, Stephen Sommers directed The Jungle Book ‘94, Nick Marck directed The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story, Steve Trenbirth directed The Jungle Book 2, and Jon Favreau directed The Jungle Book 2016.
What is the best Jungle Book film?
The Jungle Book ’67 is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection, with 2016’s live-action remake also popular with audiences. The Jungle Book 2 and The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story are regarded as the weakest entries in the collection.
According to IMDb the Jungle Book films are ranked as follows:
- The Jungle Book (1967) – 7.6/10
- The Jungle Book (2016) – 7.4/10
- The Jungle Book (1994) – 6.0/10
- The Jungle Book 2 (2003) – 5.4/10
- The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story (1998) – 4.2/10
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