Learn about the important, quirky "The Jungle Book" characters from the 1967 Walt Disney Animation Studios film. "The Jungle Book" has received never-ending praise, awards, nominations and a place inside the hearts of fans for decades. From Mowgli to Baloo, "The Jungle Book" characters are very colorful, fun and delightful.

Mowgli Often called "man-cub," Mowgli is an orphaned boy that lives a wild life in the jungle. Mowgli, voiced by Bruce Reitherman, sticks close to his friends Baloo and Bagheera throughout the movie. This young boy is happy enjoying the jungle life with his friends, but he must eventually return to the village and confront tough challenges.

Baloo One of the most carefree "The Jungle Book"characters is the fun, lovable bear Baloo. This sloth bear, voiced by Phil Harris, has a light-hearted personality by believing the good things in life come no matter how hard the work is. His personality is reflected in the song "The Bare Necessities" that is about avoiding worry, relaxing and letting good come by itself.

Bagheera Opposite to Baloo, Bagheera is a serious, responsible black panther. He strongly disapproves of Baloo's carefree attitude and wants Mowgli to return to the village safely. This black panther saved Mowgli when he was a baby and gave Mowgli to wolves to raise in the forest before tigers could eat him.

Shere Khan This devious tiger yearns to kill and eat Mowgli. Voiced by George Sanders, Shere Khan gets Mowgli voted away by the Wolf Council because he threatens to harm the boy intensely. Shere Khan makes it his mission in "The Jungle Book" to kill Mowgli before he returns to the village.

King Louie The carefree, fun personality of Baloo can also be seen in King Louie. This fun-loving ape wants to be like a human and is fascinated by Mowgli. Even though King Louie is best friends with Baloo, he kidnaps Mowgli due to his affinity in humans and he tells him he can stay in the jungle if he shows King Louie the secret of fire.