Our tale begins deep in the heart of the Jungle. A baby boy, lost and abandoned,
is raised by wolves. He is called "Mowgli"
Shere Kahn (Maya Colby), the
tiger, decides that Mowgli is no longer welcome in the Jungle. To keep him out
of danger, Bagheera (Courtney Peterson),
the panther, plans to guide Mowgli to the safety of the man village, but Mowgli
doesn't want to leave his home. The two settle down for the night under a
coconut tree, but their peaceful night is interrupted by Kaa, the Snake
(Mason Gates, Bella Massenburg, Mary
Martin, Anna Riess, Leah Thesing). Bagheera doesn't notice as Kaa lulls
Mowgli into a deep sleep. Bagheera wakes up to find Kaa coiled around Mowgli and
chases the snake away.
As they continue their journey, they encounter a herd of elephants, led by the
dotty Colonel Hathi (Kundayi Klug).
As the elephants march off, Bagheera commands Mowgli to follow him without any
more argument. Mowgli sits and pouts on a large boulder, only to discover that
it is the giant bear, Baloo (Caidan
Baloo offers Mowgli his philosophy on life, which is quite different from what
Bagheera has been teaching. While Baloo is lost in that swingin' jungle rhythm,
a group of shifty-looking monkeys
(Madelyn Gagermeier, Novalee Kerns, Brody Reider, Emma Sannes, Brinli Swedberg,
Dylan Werner, Nick Wieser) tiptoes in and kidnaps Mowgli. Caught off
guard, Baloo calls to Bagheera for help while the monkeys carry Mowgli deep into
the jungle, laughing all the way.
The monkeys take Mowgli to the ancient ruins, where their leader, the wiley King
Louie (Kieran Harnish), is
holding court. King Louie tells Mowgli that he wants to learn how to be a man
while Baloo and Bagheera sneak on and devise a rescue plan. Baloo, disguised as
a very big monkey, will join in the fun to distract King Louie while Bagheera
spirits Mowgli away.
Baloo can't get enough of that jumpin' jazz, and insists on an encore. He
continues to swing until his disguise falls off, blowing their cover and forcing
them to run. The monkeys frantically follow in pursuit, but are stopped dead in
their tracks when Shere Khan appears. He sharpens his claws and the monkeys
scatter in terror.
After their monkey attack, Baloo now realizes the Jungle is too dangerous for
Mowgli and, together with Bagheera, they agree to get him out of the jungle.
Mowgli overhears and, not wanting to leave his home, defiantly runs away. Baloo
and Bagheera rush off to find him, hoping that Shere Khan doesn't find him
Away from the safety of Baloo and Baghera, Mowgli finds friendship in the other
jungle creatures, who promise to protect him if Shere Khan should come around.
Shere Khan arrives and prepares to attack Mowgli, but before he can pounce,
Baloo appears, rallying the other jungle creatures into battle. The battle ends
with the jungle creatures victorious and Shere Khan cowering in the distance,
humiliated and defeated. Once again, the jungle is safe.
Shanti (Ncaylee Niemann), a
beautiful young girl who has been hiding in the jungle the whole time, finally
reveals herself. She offers to take Mowgli to her village to meet other people
just like him. Mowgli decides to explore the "man village" with Shanti, but
reminds his friends he will return, for he will always consider the Jungle his
As the curtain falls, the jungle inhabitants return once more to celebrate that
swingin' jungle beat.
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