Sound in The Jungle Book

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The film I chose for sound is a family favorite. One of our favorites because it gets us up dancing and singing and MARCHING.

Sound is movement in The Jungle Book. The sound portrays the never-ending adventure in the jungle and the constant hustle and bustle or the danger that lurks all around. Not only does it keep you moving, but certain sounds or beats depict certain animals. For example, you know when the Colonel Hathi’s herd of elephants are coming when you hear the tuba and especially the little bells and flute that are used to display cuteness for Colonel Hathi’s son. When the elephants crashed into each other, the short horn noise sound effect gets you to laugh at the elephant’s bent truck and frazzled look.

  Dialogue is the speaking of characters to one another and that is a must in The Jungle Book. Mowgli has to let everyone know his displeasure of leaving the jungle and hear their opinion on it.

There are sound effects and music all through out the film.. from like I said the elephants crashing into each other, to Kaa getting stuck in a tree and his snake body sounding like an accordion and just about every main character has their own song to be sung.

Most of the sound effects in the Jungle Book are to make the audience laugh, to show what characters are coming on the scene, and to mimic real life sounds more so in a musical sense. They are intended to be more exaggerated to get a rise out of the audience, either in laughter or sitting on the edge of their seat wide-eyed. (My girls get very intense wide-eyed, open- mouthed gazes when Mowgli fights Sher Khan. It is possible even in the Jungle Book.)

The sounds in the Jungle Book scream “Animated” and were it any different I don’t think that it would be the classic that it is.  

Junglebook Characters. (2014, April 28). Retrieved August 27, 2014, from

Colonel Hathi’s March- Extended Music (With Inspection)


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