Theme music composer Lou Rawls
Theme song The Bare Necessities
Created by Mark S. Bernthal
First episode date 5 October 1996
Written by Sam GrahamChris HubbellTedd AnastiPatsy CameronLesa KiteRoger ReitzelPeter K. HirschDavid WeimersScott Gray
Directed by Chris BartlemanJoe HorneKenny ThompkinsBlair PetersMircea Mantta
Voices of Jim CummingsPamela AdlonJason MarsdenElizabeth DailyStephen FurstRob PaulsenDee Bradley BakerMichael McKeanCree SummerDavid L. Lander
Networks American Broadcasting Company, Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Disney Junior Asia
Cast Jim Cummings, Jason Marsden, Pamela Adlon, Rob Paulsen, Michael McKean
Similar TaleSpin, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Timon and Pumbaa
Jungle cubs theme song
Jungle Cubs is an American animated series produced by Disney for ABC in 1996. It was is an television series based on the their 1967 film The Jungle Book, but set in the youth of the animal characters. The show was a hit, running for two seasons in syndication before its re-runs to the Disney Channel. The show was broadcast on Toon Disney, but was taken off the schedule in 2001. Re-runs aired on Disney Junior in the US from 2012 to 2013. The show did air in the United Kingdom on Disney Cinemagic and in Latin America until it was removed. The show's theme song is a hip-hop version of the classic song, "The Bare Necessities" performed by Lou Rawls. As of May 31, 2016, every episode of the series is available for purchase on the ITunes Store.
- Jungle cubs theme song
- Jungle cubs intro
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Jungle cubs intro
The animal stars of Disney's 1967 animated film The Jungle Book were regressed to cubs for this syndicated animated series. Jungle Cubs suggested that when they were younger, both the good and antagonistic animals lived together in relative peace.
Each of the characters were given distinct characteristics which reflected their future personalities as seen in The Jungle Book; this creative idea further tied the show in with its film predecessor. Uptight Bagheera, free-spirited Baloo, headstrong Shere Khan, wild Prince Louie, neurotic Hathi, and hypnotic Kaa all returned from the film, putting aside their differences to live and learn together. The show gave a female elephant named Winifred a prominent role; she was (Colonel) Hathi's wife in The Jungle Book.
The cubs brave a variety of jungle dangers, often matching wits with sneaky vultures Cecil and Arthur. Living up to new federal regulations for educational television, Jungle Cubs offer lessons on friendship, self-respect, and other healthy traits, crafted for an audience of young children.
In the second season of the show, all of the cubs become slightly older and more distanced from one another. (Many are also given different voice actors.) And, although they still remain good friends, they are getting more and more busy with their own lives and spending less time at their fort, the Cub House (Louie's future palace). Bagheera becomes more serious and uptight than before and Hathi begins spending more time with Winifred than with the other Cubs. The biggest change, however, is Shere Khan: he spends a lot of time hunting, as Bagheera and Kaa do, and as the series progresses, begins to become more annoyed with the other cubs than before. He even attempts to overthrow Louie at one point, using Kaa (who did not really get a choice in the matter) as a henchman. Kaa, as well as Baloo (with the exception of his friendship with Louie), does not really change much. He still remains sneaky and uses his hypnotism power.
Two VHS releases containing 6 episodes of the series were released in the United States.
Australia and New Zealand releases
Three VHS releases containing 11 episodes of the series were released in Australia and New Zealand.
On September 8, 2003, one DVD containing three episodes of the series was released in the United Kingdom.
Australian and New Zealand releases
On September 12, 2003, three DVDs containing eleven episodes of the series was released.