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Wildlife Wednesdays: New Release of “Disney The Jungle Book,” with Disney’s Animal Kingdom Bonus Features, Showcases Legacy of Great Storytelling Featuring Animals

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Walt Disney’s fascination with animals—both real and imagined—and the role that animals play in Disney storytelling is the basis for an inspiring legacy that continues today. A fantastic example is the release of the Diamond Edition of “Disney The Jungle Book”, the last animated feature personally produced by Walt.

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For the first time ever on Blu-ray, the film features unforgettable characters and thrilling adventures with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Included in the all-new Blu-ray bonus features are the real-life animals that were so often a source of inspiration for Walt.

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Here’s a look at one of the bonus features—a fun visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Blake Michael and G. Hannelius, stars of “Dog With a Blog,” to learn how Disney’s Animal Programs cast members care for our elephants.

Did you know?

  • Asian elephants are featured in “Disney The Jungle Book;” you can find their African cousins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Disney Movie Rewards members can enter for a chance to win a wild vacation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney Movie Rewards membership is free. To enter the Jumpin’ Jungle Sweepstakes, visit http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/

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Jeff from OH on February 19th, 2014 at 10:07 am

I can remember going as a child with my parents to see the original jungle book released in Oct. 1967. It was right around my birthday and to this day, it is my all time favorite Disney movie.

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David on February 19th, 2014 at 10:44 am

Can you tell use what that music is in the background of the video?

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