Jungle Cubs (partially lost English audio from VHS exclusive footage of ABC animated series based on "The Jungle Book" Disney film; 1997-1998)

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The title card of the series.

Status: Partially Lost

Jungle Cubs was an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation from 1996-1998 for the ABC, with reruns on the Disney Channel until 2001. It was later re-aired in 2012-2013 on Disney Junior, and also aired in Latin America and in the UK on Disney Cinemagic. The show was based of the 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book, but animal characters itself was set to young age. It featured Baloo Bagheera, Shere Khan, Kaa, King Louie, and Hathi. It ran for 13 episodes in a span of 2 seasons each, with a 22-minute runtime featuring two segments each.[1]

From 1997-1998, the series received 3 VHS releases in the UK, Australia and New Zealand: "Born to be Wild", which featured 3 episodes, "Once Upon a Vine" which featured 5 episodes, and "Monkey Business", which featured 3 episodes, with a total of 11 episodes altogether. It featured newly animated footage of the animal characters as adults telling the stories to Mowgli.


Only "Born to be Wild" was later released to DVD in 2003. The other two releases weren't found online, until 2018, when French user Chernabog uploaded the French-dubbed releases of all three volumes on Vimeo. In March 2022, the Cartoonian Archive uploaded the English version of "Once Upon a Vine" and "Born to be Wild" from a Middle Eastern VHS to the Internet Archive.

As of now, only the English version of "Monkey Business" has yet to be found and captured online. Additionally, the original Vimeo links of "Born to be Wild" and "Monkey Business" in French have since been deleted, with only "Once Upon a Vine" remaining. Since then, Jakob Svensson has reuploaded the French segments to YouTube, albeit in camcorder quality.


The English version of "Born to be Wild."

The French version of "Monkey Buisness."

The French version of "Born to be Wild."

The French version of "Once upon a Vine."

The Spanish version of "Born to be Wild."

The English version of "Once Upon a Vine."

See Also

Disney Channel

Playhouse Disney

Disney Junior

Toon Disney

Disney XD



  1. Toonpedia page on Jungle Cubs. Retrieved 07 Dec '21

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