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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.
Disney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book is based upon a novel of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book makes several contributions to Disney’s burgeoning collection of villains, not the least of which is the ssssoft-sssspoken python, Kaa. In Kipling’s novel, Kaa was actually Mowgli’s very close friend, and his gift of hypnotism worked on everyone except Mowgli. In the Disney film, Kaa has a bit of a competitive streak, making not one but two attempts to capture and eat Mowgli before the man-eating tiger Shere Kahn does.
Kaa was portrayed by the hypnotically soft-spoken Sterling Holloway, whose resume is peppered with Disney projects. I’ll have more about Holloway in a subsequent edition of Camera Critters.
Walt Disney died during production of The Jungle Book, so he never got to see it. However, the film still bears Disney’s imprint; the original script was a bit dark for Walt’s taste, and it underwent revisions by a different writer at his insistence.
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