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The Best The Jungle Book Quotes

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The Jungle Book quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from Disney's 19th animated feature film, the musical The Jungle Book, as determined by you and your votes. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it tells the story of Bagheera the Panther, Baloo the Bear, and a young human boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves. Released on October 18, 1967, the tagline for The Jungle Book was "A swingin' safari of laughs."

What are the best The Jungle Book quotes? Do you like Baloo's repeated line, "You better believe it!"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top The Jungle Book quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

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    [first lines]
    Bagheera: Many strange legends are told of these jungles of India, but none so strange as the story of a small boy named Mowgli. It all began when the silence of the jungle was broken by an unfamiliar sound. [Bagheera stopped at Baby Mowgli's boat] It was a sound like one never heard before in this part of the jungle. [Bagheera looks the boat with Baby Mowgli] It was a man-cub. Had I known how deeply I was to be involved, I would have obeyed my first impulse and walked away. [Bagheera turns back on the branch, and Baby Mowgli looks at him playfully] This man-cub would have to have nourishment, and soon. It was many days' travel to the nearest man-village, and without a mother's care he would soon perish. Then it occurred to me. A family of wolves I knew had been blessed with a litter of cubs. [the wolf pups playing and their mother Raksha, Bagheera is looking at them from bushes, Bagheera with Baby Mowgli watches from the bushes as the family of wolves walk into their lair and puts the baby boy right before the entrance. He goes back into the bushes and waits, but nothing happens, so he carefully sneaks back over and pushes the basket with his paw. He rushes away again as the baby cries out in surprise. The wolves come out and look at Baby Mowgli, and Raksha smiles down at him] I knew there'd be no problem with the mother, thanks to maternal instinct, but I wasn't so sure about Rama, the father. [Rama comes from the jungle, sniffs suspiciously at the baby Man-cub, sees the smiling face of Raksha, looks at Baby Mowgli playing with the wolf pups again, and smiles, too, and the "My Own Home" theme starts in the background as the wolves take Baby Mowgli into the wolf lair]
  • Bagheera: 10 times, the rains had come and gone. And I often stopped by to see how Mowgli the Man-cub, was getting along. He was a favorite with all the young wolf cubs of the pack.
    Mowgli: [imitates howling, Raksha and the 4 young wolf pups came out of the cave, Grey Brother and Leah playfully tackle and lick Mowgli]
    Bagheera: No Man-cub was ever happier. And yet.... I knew that someday he would have to go back to his own kind. Then, one night, the wolf pack elders met at Council Rock. Because Shere Khan, the tiger, had returned to their part of the jungle. This meeting was to change the Man-cub's entire future.
    Akela: Shere Khan will surely kill the boy, and all who try to protect him. Now, are we all in agreement as to what must be done? [wolves nod] Now, it is my unpleasant duty to tell the boy's father. Rama? Come over here, please.
    Rama: Yes, Akela?
    Akela: The council has reached its decision. The Man-cub can no longer stay with the pack. He must leave at once.
    Rama: (shocked) Leave?!
    Akela: I'm sorry, Rama. There is no other way.
    Rama: But.... but the Man-cub is.... well, he's like my own son! Surely, he's entitled to the protection of the pack?
    Akela: But, Rama, even the strength of the pack is no match for the tiger.
    Rama: But the boy cannot survive alone in the jungle.
    Bagheera: Akela, perhaps I can be of help.
    Akela: You, Bagheera? How?
    Bagheera: I know of a Man Village where he'll be safe. Mowgli and I have taken many walks into this jungle together. I'm pretty sure that he'll go with me.
    Akela: So be it. Now there's no time to lose. Good luck.
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    [At night]
    Mowgli: Bagheera.... [yawning] I’m gettin' a little sleepy. Shouldn't we start back home?
    Bagheera: Mowgli, this time, we’re not going back. I’m taking you to a Man Village.
    Mowgli: But why?
    Bagheera: Because Shere Khan has returned to this part of the jungle, and he has sworn to kill you.
    Mowgli: Kill me? But why was he gonna wanna to do that?
    Bagheera: He hates men. And Shere Khan is not going to allow you to grow up to become a man----just another hunter with a gun.
    Mowgli: Aw, we'll just explain to him that I'd never do a thing like that.
    Bagheera: Nonsense. No one explains anything to Shere Khan.
    Mowgli: Well, maybe so, but I'm not afraid. And not only that....
    Bagheera: Now, that's enough! We'll spend the night here; things will look better in the morning.
  • [Bagheera and Mowgli settle down for the night on a branch of a tree.]
    Mowgli: I'm not afraid, I can----I can look after myself.
    [Kaa then appears from the leaves, he smacks his lips when noticing Mowgli, looks towards Bagheera to see him sleeping. He then approaches Mowgli.]
    Kaa: S-ss-say now! [Mowgli looks up unimpressed, scowls at Kaa, and then sticks his tongue out at him.] What have we here? [chuckles] It's a Man-cub, a deeliss-ss-see-aws-ss-s Man-cub.
    Mowgli: [angrily Pushing Kaa away.] Oh, go away and leave me alone.
    Bagheera: [sleeping] That's what I should do, but I'm not. Now, now, now please go to sleep, Man-cub!
    [Kaa nods his head in agreement and begins to hypnotize Mowgli.]
    Kaa: Yes-ss-s, Man-cub. [singing] Please go to sleep. Please go to sleep. [sings this as tuned from "Rock-a-Bye Baby"] Sleep little Man-cub, res-ss-st in peas-ss-se.
    [Kaa begins to wrap his coils around a hypnotized Mowgli.]
    Kaa: S-SS-Sleep. S-SS-Sleep.
    Mowgli: [moaning] Ba-Ba-Ba-Bagheer--?
    [Kaa wraps his tail tightly around Mowgli's throat, choking Mowgli. Bagheera still unaware at what's happening.]
    Bagheera: [sleeping] Oh, now, look, there's no use arguing anymore. Now, no more talk till morning.
    [Kaa now completely has a fully hypnotized (and smiling) Mowgli wrapped around his coils.]
    Kaa: [chuckles] He won't be here in the morning.
    Bagheera: [glances at Mowgli and Kaa] Huh? Oh, yes, he will-- [suddenly realizes what is happening and fully wakes up] KAA!!!! HOLD IT, KAA!!!!
    [just before Kaa is about to eat Mowgli, Bagheera angrily slaps Kaa's head onto another tree branch, and Kaa bangs his head on it. This makes Mowgli fully conscious and released from Kaa's coils.]
    Kaa: Ooooh, my s-ss-sinus-ss-s! [frowns at Bagheera and moves forward to him] You have just made a s-ss-serious-ss-s mis-ss-stake, my friend. A very, stupid--
    Bagheera: [laughs nervously] Now, look, Kaa, I was--
    Kaa: --mis-ss-stake! Look me in the eye when I'm s-ss-speaking to you! [begins to hypnotize Bagheera]
    Bagheera: Please, Kaa.... [looks Kaa in his left eye]
    Kaa: BOTH eyes, if you pleas-ss-se! [hypnotizes the panther, and now Baggie is fully hypnotized and smiling] You have jus-ss-st s-ss-sealed your doom. [Mowgli, awaken from Kaa's evil spell, pushes the dastardly snake's coils with his feet that causes him to comically fall from the tree] Ooooh.
    Mowgli: Look, Bagheera! [points at Kaa] Look. Bagheera! Wake up, Bagheera! [wakes Baggie up by smacking his both cheeks with his bare hands from Kaa's evil spell]
    Bagheera: [wakes up] Uh, duh, wha--?
    Kaa: [crawling away, angrily] Jus-ss-st you wait till I get you in my coils! [suddenly stops because a knot on his tail gets stuck between a couple bamboo stems]
    Mowgli: [playfully] Look, Bagheera! He's got a knot on his tail.
    Kaa: [mimics Mowgli, sarcastically] Hee-hee-hee-he's got a knot on his tail. [frees his tail, but that causes his whole coils to look like an accordion, then Kaa slithers away now with his bent coils] Ooooh, this-ss-s will s-ss-slow down my s-ss-slithering. [Mowgli laughs playfully]
    Bagheera: [smirks] So, you could look out for yourself, can you? [then smiles] So, you wanna stay in the jungle, do ya?
    Mowgli: Yes. [frowns] I wanna stay in the jungle!
    Bagheera: [annoyed] D'oh! Now, for the last time.... [snaps and both half-smirks (on the right) and half-smiles (on the left)] ....GO TO SLEEP!!!! [Mowgli pouts as he tries to get some sleep] Man-cub, heh! Man-cub. [They finally go to sleep and settle down for the night]