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Walt Disney’s last production before he died, The Jungle Book was never released in India. Restored and dubbed Hindi version to be screened on tube today. The film, during the production of which iconic creator Walt Disney passed away...
By Serena Menon | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2012 03:53 PM IST

Most people have heard of the musical, The Jungle Book, but many may not have watched it.

The film, during the production of which iconic creator Walt Disney passed away, never made it to theatres in the country back then. In 2003, the sequel to the hit children’s film, was released in India.

And in 2006, the first film was only screened on television. Today, on the occasion of Republic Day, a restored and Hindi dubbed version of the 1967 original will premiere on TV for young audiences.

“There is a whole new generation of kids who have not had access to such titles. For the first time, they’ll get to watch it on television,” says Arnab Chaudhuri, director content and creative, Walt Disney TV International India.

The dubbed script for the restored and better-quality version, which will be aired at 11 am on Disney Channel, has been co-written by Javed Jaffrey. The actor-host has also lent his voice for Sher Khan’s character. Bollywood singer and popular voice over artist Sudesh Bhonsle has sung for Baloo.

Apart from the adventures of Mowgli and his friends panther Bagheera and orangutan King Louie the studio has a series of other classics that it plans on releasing in India over the next few months.

“We’ve got a whole line up, which includes Little Mermaid and 101 Dalmatians among others. We’ve just restored Snow White and Cinderella,” says Chaudhuri.

The studio picks classics and age-old animation films such as the aforementioned and makes them available to new generations.

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