For its 30th anniversary, The Jungle Book was released on video on October 14, 1997. According to one of the commercials aired on television in late 1997, Disney stopped "selling" The Jungle Book beginning on January 31, 1998, along with Fun and Fancy Free and Sleeping Beauty. It later got a DVD release on December 7, 1999.


One of the most popular Disney films ever, The Jungle Book is a song-filled celebration of friendship, fun and adventure set in a lush and colorful world. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's "Mowgli" stories, Disney's 19th animated masterpiece was the last animated feature that had Walt Disney's personal touch.

The jubilant adventure begins when Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, is urged by his friend Bagheera, a wise old panther, to seek safety in the man-village. Feeling very much at home in the jungle, Mowgli resists and runs off. Much to Bagherra's dismay, Mowgli meets a new friend with a happy-go-lucky philosophy of life, Baloo the bear, a lovable "jungle bum." Together, the three buddies find the journey back to civilization anything but civilized! They encounter a crazy orangutan, the hypnotic and sly snake Kaa and the menacing Shere Khan!

Fully restored for this 30th anniversary edition (reads "Now available in this DVD edition" on the DVD release), this enduring classic (reads "Disney's enduring classic" on the DVD release) swings with jazzy, toe-tapping music including the Academy Award™-nominated* "The Bare Necessities" and the freewheeling "I Wan'na Be Like You"! A thrilling story for all ages, The Jungle Book's timeless appeal makes it an absolute necessity for your (video) collection.

VHS Supplements

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Company intro February 4, 1997
3 Trailer for The Little Mermaid re-release
  • July 15, 1997 (Version 1 and Version 2)
  • October 14, 1997 (Version 3)
4 Trailer for Flubber July 16, 1997
5 Sneak preview of Peter Pan October 7, 1997
7 Video preview for Hercules October 7, 1997

Trailer for The Toys Who Saved Christmas ("How the Toys Saved Christmas" on Version 3)

August 26, 1997

9 Video preview for George of the Jungle (Version 3) September 9, 1997

Promo for Nightmare Ned on CD-ROM (Version 1 and Version 2)

October 14, 1997


Promo for The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC (U.S. Release Only)

October 7, 1997
12 Stay Tuned After the Feature Presentation For A Special Program: The Jungle Book - The Making of A Musical Masterpiece October 14, 1997
13 Dark Blue Feature Presentation Bumper (1992 The Rescuers Variant) With Announcer Says Thanks For Joining Us For A Special Preview And Now Our Feature Presentation) October 29, 1996
14 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo [with the voiceover of The War of the Roses that says: "And now, for our Feature Presentation"] October 28, 1994
15 THX logo February 4, 1997
16 Format Screen (Version 1) January 22, 1994
17 The Jungle Book (restored version) July 13, 1990
18 The Jungle Book: The Making of a Musical Masterpiece October 14, 1997

Rare alternate copies contained a different trailer of The Little Mermaid re-released in theaters, as well as the video preview for How the Toys Saved Christmas replacing The Toys Who Saved Christmas and George of the Jungle replacing the Nightmare Ned CD-ROM promo. On rare middle copies there is a Format Screen.

Advertised on:

  1. Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
  2. Mary Poppins (1997 VHS)
  3. Walt Disney Film Classics: The Great American Legends Collection
  4. Sleeping Beauty (1997 VHS)
  5. Walt Disney Film Classics: The Love Bug Collection

In Other Countries

Country of origin Format Release date
Australia VHS April 30, 1999
UK DVD March 27, 2000
Japan VHS July 19, 2000
South Korea DVD September 6, 2000
Japan DVD November 17, 2000

Television broadcasts

The Jungle Book aired on the Disney Channel in this format from October 3, 1998 to January 7, 1999.