For its 30th anniversary, The Jungle Book was released on video on October 14, 1997, with plans made since July 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!
Fully restored for this 30th anniversary edition (reads "Now available in this DVD edition" on the DVD release), this enduring classic (reads "Disney's enduring classic" on the DVD release) swings with jazzy, toe-tapping music including the Academy Award™-nominated* "The Bare Necessities" and the freewheeling "I Wan'na Be Like You"! A thrilling story for all ages, The Jungle Book's timeless appeal makes it an absolute necessity for your (video) collection.
|1||Green warning screens||September 7, 1991|
|2||Walt Disney Company intro/Join Us for a Special Preview||February 4, 1997|
|3||Trailer for The Little Mermaid re-release||
|4||Trailer for Flubber||July 16, 1997|
|5||Walt Disney Company Coming to Video||March 4, 1997|
|6||Sneak preview of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas||August 5, 1997|
|7||Video preview of Peter Pan||October 7, 1997|
|8||Video preview for Hercules||October 7, 1997|
Trailer for The Toys Who Saved Christmas ("How the Toys Saved Christmas" on Version 3)
August 26, 1997
|10||Video preview for George of the Jungle (Version 3)||September 9, 1997|
Promo for Nightmare Ned on CD-ROM (Version 1 and Version 2)
October 14, 1997
Promo for The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC (U.S. Release Only)
|October 7, 1997|
|14||Stay Tuned After the Feature Presentation For A Special Program: The Jungle Book - The Making of A Musical Masterpiece||October 14, 1997|
|15||lilac Blue Feature Presentation Bumper With Announcer Says Thanks For Joining Us For A Special Preview And Now Our Feature Presentation)||October 29, 1996|
|16||Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo||October 28, 1994|
|17||THX logo||February 4, 1997|
|18||Format Screen (Version 1)||January 22, 1994|
|19||The Jungle Book (restored version)||July 13, 1990|
|20||The Jungle Book: The Making of a Musical Masterpiece||October 14, 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 replacing The Toys Who Saved Christmas and George of the Jungle replacing the Nightmare Ned CD-ROM promo. On rare middle copies there is a Format Screen.
- Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (August 5, 1997)
- Mary Poppins (1997 VHS) (August 26, 1997)
- All 4 Walt Disney Film Classics: The Great American Legends Collection (August 26, 1997)
- Sleeping Beauty (1997 VHS) (September 16, 1997)
- All 4 Walt Disney Film Classics: The Love Bug Collection (September 16, 1997)
In Other Countries
|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|
The Jungle Book aired on the Disney Channel in this format from October 3, 1998 to January 7, 1999.
- http://www.disney.com/DisneyVideos/masterpiece/shelves/thejunglebook (1997-1999)
- http://disney.go.com/DisneyVideos/masterpiece/shelves/theJungleBook (1999-2001)
- http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/thejunglebook (2001-2004)