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Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli
The Jungle Book series title card
ジャングルブック 少年モーグリ
(Janguru Bukku Shōnen Mōguri)
Genre Adventure, Action, Drama
TV anime
Director Fumio Kurokawa
Studio Nippon Animation
Network Japan Fuji TV
India Pogo (TV channel)
Original run October 2, 1989October 10, 1990
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
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Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli (ジャングルブック 少年モーグリ Janguru Bukku Shōnen Mōguri ?) is an anime adaption of Rudyard Kipling's original collection of stories, The Jungle Book. It aired in 1989, and consists of a total of 52 episodes.



The Japanese opening and closing themes, "GET UP ~Aio Shinjite~ (GET UP ~I Believe in Love~)" and "Chikyuu no ko (地球の子 lit. "Child of the Earth"), are sung by the Japanese vocalists Toshiya Igarashi and Hashimoto Shiori respectively. The English opening and closing themes, "Look Up" and "A Child is Learning", are both sung by the American vocalist Suzi Marsh.[1] This Japanese anime was dubbed into Hindi and broadcast as "The Jungle Book" by DD National in India during the early 1990s. The Hindi version "Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai"(जंगल जंगल बात चली है) featured original music by Vishal Bharadwaj (with words by noted lyricist Gulzar), which made it quite popular at that time.


This is Japanese and English version Of Mowgli: The New Adventures Of The Jungle Book (Janguru Bukk Mowgli/Shonen Mowgli)

  • English: Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book
  • Danish: Junglebogen
  • Dutch: Mowgli: Jungle Boek
  • Finnish: Mowgli: Viidakkokirja
  • Hindi: The Jungle Book
  • Norwegian: Mowgli
  • Polish: Mowgli: Ksiega Dzungli
  • Spanish: Mowgli: El libro de la selva
  • Swedish: Mowgli: Djungelboken
  • Arabic: ماوكلي فتى الأدغال


Mowgli, the feral child who serves as the main character of the series.
  • Mowgli: The protagonist of the series. He is still a baby when he becomes lost in the forest of Seeonee. Alexander, adopt him as a son and raise him as a wolf. Mowgli appears to be somewhere between the ages of 7 and 10 during the course of the show, though the first episode shows him as a toddler.
  • Alexander: Mowgli's stepfather. Blue/black furred. He becomes leader of the wolf pack when Akela chooses to retire. He has a fight with Vermillion, despite not being willing to do so, to determine the successor to Akela's leadership, in accordance with the Law of the Jungle. During a fire that grazes the forest, Alexander dies defending his pack from Shere Khan.
  • Luri: Alexander's wife/widow and Mowgli's stepmother. Beige furred. She later becomes the official new leader of the pack and the first female leader of the pack when Akela steps down from his position once again, after originally asking Mowgli to convince Vermillion if he'd accept the request of leading. She came up with the plan of getting an ex-member of the pack named Grizzle exiled from it again, this time along with his gang, without having to battle.
  • Akela: The leader of the pack, notably when Mowgli is first adopted into the pack and during most of Mowgli's younger days. He is very old but very knowledgeable, and is forced out of his retirement after Alexander died.
  • Vermillion: Lala's father and Alexander's great friend. He competes with Alexander to be the next leader of the pack, when his father, Akela, chooses to step down. He acquires a scar on his left eye afterwards. His fur is red in colour. It is later revealed that they had also fought previously to decide which one would marry Luri. He later moves away, apparently leaving his daughter behind, and becomes the leader of a pack of wolves in a rocky desert area.
Shere Khan, the series' main villain, together with his hyena cronies
  • Shere Khan: A tiger, who is the main antagonist of much of the series. Cruel and cunning, he violates many Laws of the Jungle, including eating humans and cows, and over-hunting. The injury on his leg is dealt by Alexander in a fight.
  • Bagheera: A black panther, and one of Mowgli's friends. Mowgli's main teacher of the Laws of the Jungle.He is seen as a de facto member of Mowgli's wolf pack. Bagheera spent part of his childhood in the care of an English family.
  • Baloo: A bear, and one of Mowgli's friends. He also serves as one of Mowgli's teachers though he is more enthusiastic and has a gentler approach in some of his lessons.
  • Kaa: A very wise python, and one of Mowgli's friends. He also serves as a teacher to Mowgli on a few occasions.
  • Tabaqui: Shere Khan's sidekick. Unlike the other versions of Jungle Book, he is a bungling jackal who never seems to get anything right.
  • Bacchus: A fat wolf who can never hunt properly. He is more fitted to babysitting the wolf cubs. He appears more often in the first half of the series, and is occasionally used for comic relief.
  • Vargas: An old wolf who was saved by Alexander from a pack of wild dogs. He steals food from the pack's storage in his first few appearances.
  • Lala: Vermillion's daughter and Akela's granddaughter. She has brilliant red fur, though slightly lighter than her father's. She acts like a tomboy early in the series, and refuses to accept Mowgli as a member of the pack. Later in the series, she grows to her teens and is revealed to be more fond of Mowgli. By the end of the series, she and Sura are the parents of two cubs.
  • Kichi: Mowgli's red panda friend. Her parents are killed by humans. Later in the series she lives together with Mowgli in his hut. In the English version, Kichi is referred to as a male. In the German version, Kichi is called Kiki.
  • Meshua/Jumeirah: A girl to whom Mowgli takes a liking late in the series. She has a pet mongoose named Rikki Tikki, in honour of Rikki Tikki Tavi in one of the short stories in The Jungle Book. Her grandfather originally found Mowgli when the boy was on his own from his wolf pack, saying the boy reminded him of his grandson. Though Mowgli chooses to remain in the jungle at this time, he does meet his human friend later, along with Meshua. Meshua's family later adopt Mowgli into their family as their new son, since their other son had died. Her name is Jumeirah in the English version.
  • Chill: A falcon who served as the messenger for Akela's pack and Hati, the great elephant.
  • Hati/Hathi: The great elephant, who serves as the ruler of the whole forest of Seeonee.
  • Sandah/Thunder: A young male wolf from Vermillion's pack. He is blue-black in colour. Sandah hates the humans after they killed his sister, and resents Mowgli for being a human. He eventually comes to terms with him, and even though he leaves with Vermillion and his pack, he and Mowgli appear to share a close camaraderie. Sandah seems to be a lieutenant, or beta wolf, to Vermillion. Certain translations portray him as female.
  • Grizzle: A wolf with beige fur and a dark brown blotch around his left eye, and former member of Akela's pack. He got kicked out years ago for violating the law of the jungle and turned to the dark side after meeting Shere Khan, who put him up to getting revenge for his banishment. Grizzle was accompanied by a gang of three lupine henchmen. Later, after a battle with Mowgli's friends and some of the other wolves, Grizzle is slain by Mowgli, who stabs him in the jugular with a stone-knife.
  • Sargah: A grey and white wolf, and one of Grizzle's henchmen. He, Grizzle and the rest of the gang conspire to murder and overthrow Akela after Sargah gets information on the wolf leader's vulnerability caused by his supposed ailing health. Sargah and the other lupines in the gang often squabble with one another.
  • Mackie: A goldenrod, female wolf and Akru's mate. She appears late in the series.
  • Buldio: A man from the village and another villain in the series who always tells tall tales about his encounters with the jungle animals. After one story involving the tiger Shere Khan that he tells the other villagers, Mowgli begs to differ and refutes it when he sets out, and attempts to have the final showdown with Shere Khan. After Mowgli slays Shere Khan and returns to the village with the tiger skin, Buldio convinces the other villagers that Mowgli is a sorcerer. Especially after Buldio and some other men, and boys, observe his ability to call his animal friends seemingly through the will of magic and they turn against Mowgli. Later, Buldio and another man named Riswan attempt to catch Mowgli and exploit him. Later, when the village is attacked by the animals, Buldio tries so shoot Bagheera, Sura and Akru. Mowgli then grabs Buldio's rifle. Buldio pleads: "Please don't hurt me!" Mowgli then breaks the rifle scaring Buldio out of the jungle forever.


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See also

List of Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli episodes

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