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What Your Favourite Jungle Book Characters Look Like Now

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    You all the know the story: Panther finds crying baby boy in the jungle, hands him over to be raised by wolves, until rumours of a dangerous predator's return mean he is no longer safe and must be escorted back to the human village. Along the way, they encounter a bumbling (but oh-so-charming) bear, some pretty fly monkeys, and a pack of vultures who look suspiciously mop-topped. In the end (spoilers here for those who didn't have a Disney childhood), the boy defeats the predator and figures out that, while he loves his jungle friends, he doesn't really belong in the wild.

    Based on Rudyard Kipling's collection of stories, Disney's The Jungle Book has captured the minds of "man cubs" (and lady cubs) since it first hit theatres in 1967. (The movie is extra special, as the last one Walt Disney himself worked on before his death in 1966.)

    On April 15, you'll be able to revisit the old gang — Baloo, Mowgli, Bagheera, Shere Khan, Kaa and King Louie, along with some newish faces (more on those later) — in Jon Favreau's gorgeous-looking adaptation.

    As any superfan knows, reboots come at a price. On one hand, you get to experience an old favourite anew. On the other, it could all go seriously awry.

    But with a voice cast that includes Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Bill Murray (Baloo), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha), and Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), the new film looks promising, to say the least.

    In anticipation of the big release, we thought we'd check in on our jungle pals and see how they differ from their sleeker, animated versions.

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    Mowgli, The Jungle Book (1967)
    This "man cub" is our protagonist. Discovered lying in the wreckage of a boat in the middle of the jungle, Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves who adopt him as their own. When news that Shere Khan — a dangerous, man-eating tiger — has returned to the jungle, it is decided that Mowgli must return to the "Man Village" to be with his own kind.

    P.S.: You've been pronouncing Mowgli wrong this whole time. According to ScreenCrush,"The first syllable of Mowgli's name rhymes with 'cow' rather than 'show.'"

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    Kaa, The Jungle Book (1967)
    We hate to be the ones to point this out, but Kaa is kind of useless. When he's not trying (and failing) to hypnotize Mowgli, Bagheera, and Baloo in order to eat them, he serves as a bumbling accomplice to Shere Khan. (He fails at both tasks.)

    And if you're ohhhh bother-ed trying to puzzle why he sounds so familiar: Sterling Holloway also originated the voice of Winnie the Pooh.

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    Bagheera, The Jungle Book (1967)
    Mowgli's adoptive panther parent, Bagheera, acts as the voice of reason amid a cacophony of jungle mischief.

    Bagheera is wise. Bagheera is stoic. Bagheera is...quietly hilarious.