The Jungle Book (1994 Live Action)

Last Updated on: June 10th, 2024

The Jungle Book (1994 Live Action Movie)

“The Jungle Book” is a live-action adventure film released in 1994, based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous collection of stories. Directed by Stephen Sommers, the film offers a different take on the classic tale compared to Disney’s 1967 animated version.

In this adaptation, the story centers around Mowgli, a young boy who was raised by wolves in the jungle of India. After Shere Khan, a fearsome tiger, returns to the jungle, Mowgli’s safety is once again in jeopardy. He embarks on a journey to escape the wrath of Shere Khan and return to the human village, encountering various animal friends and foes along the way.

“The Jungle Book” (1994) combines live-action performances with animatronics and special effects to bring the animal characters to life. Jason Scott Lee portrays Mowgli, while other notable actors include Lena Headey, Cary Elwes, and Sam Neill.

Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it still garnered attention for its visual effects and adventurous storytelling. While not as widely remembered as Disney’s animated version, the 1994 live-action adaptation holds a unique place among the various adaptations of Kipling’s timeless tale.

The Jungle Book (1994 Live Action)

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  • Year Released: 1994
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $43.2 million
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  • Jason Scott Lee: Mowgli
  • Lena Headey: Kitty Brydon
  • Joanna Wolff: 5-year-old Kitty
  • Cary Elwes: Captain William Boone
  • Sam Neill: Colonel Geoffrey Brydon
  • John Cleese: Dr. Julius Plumford
  • Jason Flemyng: Lieutenant John Wilkins
  • Ron Donachie: Sergeant Harley
  • Stefan Kalipha: Buldeo
  • Anirudh Agarwal: Tabaqui
  • Faran Tahir: Nathoo


  • Director: Stephen Sommers
  • Producers: Edward Feldman and Raju Patel
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers, Ronald Yanover and Mark Geldman

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