For its 30th anniversary, The Jungle Book was released on video on October 14, 1997. According to one of the commercials aired on television in late 1997, Disney stopped "selling" The Jungle Book beginning on January 31, 1998, along with Fun and Fancy Free and Sleeping Beauty. It later got a DVD release on December 7, 1999.


One of the most popular Disney films ever, The Jungle Book is a song-filled celebration of friendship, fun and adventure set in a lush and colorful world. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's "Mowgli" stories, Disney's 19th animated masterpiece was the last animated feature that had Walt Disney's personal touch.

The jubilant adventure begins when Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, is urged by his friend Bagheera, a wise old panther, to seek safety in the man-village. Feeling very much at home in the jungle, Mowgli resists and runs off. Much to Bagherra's dismay, Mowgli meets a new friend with a happy-go-lucky philosophy of life, Baloo the bear, a lovable "jungle bum." Together, the three buddies find the journey back to civilization anything but civilized! They encounter a crazy orangutan, the hypnotic and sly snake Kaa and the menacing Shere Khan!

VHS SupplementsEdit

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 1991
2 Walt Disney Company intro December 1996
3 Trailer for The Little Mermaid re-release
  • June 1997 (Version 1)
  • September 1997 (Version 2)
4 Trailer for Flubber July 1997
5 Sneak preview of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas June 1997
6 Video preview for Peter Pan August 1997
7 Video preview for Hercules August 1997
  • Trailer for The Toys Who Saved Christmas
  • Trailer for How the Toys Saved Christmas
  • July 1997 (Version 1)
  • September 1997 (Version 2)
  • Promo for Nightmare Ned on CD-ROM
  • Video preview for George of the Jungle
  • August 1997 (Version 1)
  • June 1997 (Version 2)
10 Promo for The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC August 1997
11 Feature Presentation August 1996
12 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo September 1994
13 THX logo August 1995
14 The Jungle Book (restored version) July 1990
15 The Jungle Book: The Making of a Musical Masterpiece August 1997

Rare alternate copies contained a different trailer of The Little Mermaid re-released in theaters, as well as the video preview for How the Toys Saved Christmas renaming The Toys Who Saved Christmas and George of the Jungle replacing the Nightmare Ned CD-ROM promo.

Advertised on:Edit

  1. Mary Poppins (1997 VHS)
  2. Sleeping Beauty (1997 VHS)

In Other CountriesEdit

Country of origin Format Release date
Australia VHS April 30, 1999
UK DVD March 27, 2000
Japan VHS July 19, 2000
South Korea DVD September 6, 2000
Japan DVD November 17, 2000

Television broadcastsEdit

The Jungle Book aired on the Disney Channel in this format from October 3, 1998 to January 7, 1999.



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