Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

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.

VHS Supplements

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Company intro + Join Us for a Special Preview Bumper (1997-1998) February 4, 1997
3 Trailer for The Little Mermaid re-release August 30, 1996 and June 27 1997 (Version 1 and Version 2)
October 14, 1997 (Version 3)
4 Trailer for Flubber July 16, 1997
5 Walt Disney Company "Coming to Video" Bumper (1997-1998) 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

Disney Interactive Bumper (1996-1997) (Version 1 and Version 2)

October 29, 1996


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 (The Jungle Book) October 14, 1997
15 "Feature Presentation" (1992-1999) October 29, 1996
16 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo (1994-1999) October 28, 1994
17 THX logo (1995-2005) 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.

Advertised on:

  1. Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (August 5, 1997)
  2. Mary Poppins (1997 VHS) (August 26, 1997)
  3. All 4 Walt Disney Film Classics: The Great American Legends Collection (August 26, 1997)
  4. Sleeping Beauty (1997 VHS) (September 16, 1997)
  5. All 4 Walt Disney Film Classics: The Love Bug Collection (September 16, 1997)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Format Release date
UK VHS February 14, 2000
UK DVD March 27, 2000
Australia VHS July 27, 2000
Japan VHS July 19, 2000
South Korea DVD September 6, 2000
Japan DVD November 17, 2000

Television broadcasts

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