HWR RELEASES... LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD, PANIC/FITZGERALD & SHADOWGATE

HWR RELEASES... LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD, PANIC/FITZGERALD & SHADOWGATE
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"K" is for KING LOUIE - A to Z April Challenge [2015]

So what can we say about Disney? Holds a special place in some of our hearts, for the villains or heroes and or the beautiful look. I hope to share a little bit of everything in the days coming, maybe things you forgot about, maybe not and being part of the Co-hosting for A to Z Challenge we all remember Tina... a dear friend and sweet lady.

Please stop back throughout the challenge, can I encourage you to start following me on Google + and be a member. I promise to give you posts here on why we are all a little "Hollywood Nuts"! -Jeremy [Retro]

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As the Disney movie is "inspired by" rather than "based on" the Kipling stories, the character King Louie does not appear in Rudyard Kipling's original book, as orangutans are not native to India. Also, Kipling insists that the Bandar-log, or monkeys, have no king, or any effective leadership. In the book, Mowgli is abducted by a band of nameless and leaderless Bandar-log (monkeys), but the rest of the scene plays out very differently from Disney's version. Bill Peet's original story for the film did not feature King Louie, but did have a bigger Bandar without a tail, who was perhaps meant to be their king. Peet left the Disney company due to a dispute he had with Walt Disney regarding the contents of his script, so his ultimate vision for the king of the Bandar-log remains unknown. Development of the story continued following Peet's departure, with his darker story giving way to a new emphasis on lightheartedness and jazzy tunes. In this company milieu King Louie eventually came into being, given life through the voice and personality of popular performer Louis Prima. Personality was also given to Louie by Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, and John Lounsbery, three of Disney's Nine Old Men who animated the character. Kahl animated Louie's interaction with Mowgli, Thomas his solo song and dance portions, while Lounsbery animated his memorable scat duet with a disguised Baloo.
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29 comments:

  1. Seems King Louie caused a fair bit of controversy. Who knew?

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  2. Interesting backstory about King Louie. The Jungle Book wouldn't have been the same without him. I'll never forget that it was the first movie I saw with our older son in the movie theater.

    Julie

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  3. I do like your theme, Wonderful to read and loved the amination.

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  4. So King Louie is the result of a dispute - interesting. He always annoyed the crap out of me ;)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  5. The Jungle Book was one of my favorites.

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  6. he sure does have a royal air to him

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  7. The Jungle Book is perhaps my least favorite of the classic Disney productions. It does have some good music and is far better than a lot of the newer stuff today. I loved the tid-bit regarding the dispute between Peet and Walt Disney. I like learning things like this from other Bloggers ~ so interesting!

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  8. Jungle book: one of my all time favorite animation movie.

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  9. I love those drawings, they're awesome!

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  10. Loved that show as a kid. My kids had it and the follow up on DVD. I always wondered what a bear was doing in the jungle though.

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  11. I wasn't big into The Jungle Book like so many I knew. That sure is an interesting backstory!

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  12. My little sister loves this part of the movie. And I find the song itself very catchy... :D

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

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  13. I'm always blown away by their animation.

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  14. It was light-hearted thought I knew in the original tale the monkeys were pretty dark characters.

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  15. I have royal respect for King Louie and all things Jungle Book. It's the only movie video I've held onto for decades. Good choice, Jeremy.

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  16. he was great and for this film, who cares about some changes to the program:)

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  17. I still find myself humming tunes from THE JUNGLE BOOK. Hey, I think I will watch my DVD of it later today! I am glad Disney went for the lighter-hearted version! Your theme is a great one.

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  18. I really liked what they did with his character in Tale Spin. :)

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  19. Now I've got the image of King Louis dancing around in my head!

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
    S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

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  20. I'm pretty sure the singer is from Earth, I heard they like his music on that planet, awesome.

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  21. My daughter loved that movie. So, did my husband. I never saw it until I had my daughter.

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  22. wow! never knew this! love the movie.

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  23. I didn't know this about the movie or King Louie. He's such a lively character. =)

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  24. Wow.... that was interesting.... and there was I thinking nothing ever went wrong at Disney (but I lie... I opened EuroDisney.... and we called it either "EuroMisery" or "EuroDismal" :)

    Ah, the youth..

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  25. I've actually never watched King Louie before. I guess that comes with not watching a ton of movies. :)
    Stopping by for the A to Z Challenge!
    Aidyl@Noveltea

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  26. One of my husband's favourite movies. However, your story is typical, Disney alter famous stories and generally make them more pleasant. They seem to feel that children should never see anything nasty. It really tees me off.

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  27. Huh.
    I didn't know any of that!

    Heather

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  28. I never liked the Jungle Book, too sad.

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