Monday, November 21, 2005


It was not a rare thing that Soviet and Western animation studios have made the screen versions of the same book. The own versions of CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THUMBELINA and others was created in USSR. Usually it was the books which have become public domain. Sometimes (in case of WINNIE THE POOH for example) the cartoons were created to the detriment of owners of legitimate rights. And practically always Soviet artists used the most different approaches to a form of screen version. A vivid example is the Russian version of THE JUNGLE BOOK. It is not a short cartoon. It is an epic five parts animated film which was created within several years by Soyuzmultfilm animation studio. The first part was released in 1967 (whether it was a casual concurrence? Who knows?) and the last appeared in 1971. All five parts consistently narrates the story of becoming adult of Mowgli, the boy who lived with wolves. Unlike the Disney version the Soviet MOWGLI is quite true to the Rudyard Kipling's classic tale.
Some stills will help us to introduce the main characters to you:

young Mowgli

Raksha the Satan



Mowgli with Shere Khan


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I stumbled upon your website doing a simple search on Google, I am very interested in the Russian animated feature version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book you're describing, yet I am having quite a hard time locating a copy.

My brother told me about this animation and I'm really interested in it, yet I can't seem to find a DVD version of it anywhere, so I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction.

Do you know if it was released in North America? We live in Mexico, so if it was released in the USA, my chances are a lot better. A russian copy would be great, provided it has any English subs... I know my chances are slim in finding one with Spanish subtitles and it's probably out of the question, yet the one he saw, was a mexican-spanish dub of this animation. And we're quite sure it is THIS version, the Russian version, the one he saw.

Any help you can provide is greatly appreciatted.

Thank you in advance,
-Kurt W. Mulder

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