In honor of next week’s release of The Jungle Book Diamond Edition, which marks the first time the immortal Disney classic will be available on Blu-ray, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has provided us with sketches and concept art created for the film. Admittedly much of these has been previously released before, but rarely at such a high resolution. So high in fact, that we had to shrink down several of the images in size just to make them fit. In addition to the concept art, they have also provided us with sneak peeks from the all new bonus feature, ‘Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman.’
In anticipation of The Jungle Book Diamond Edition Blu-ray, available February 11, 2014, JC Penney has now added several items to its new Disney boutique. The bulk of the current collection consists of plush, not unlike those previously released in Europe by Disney Store and those expected to be available at Disney Store at the beginning of the new year. However, while Disney Store UK also lists a Junior and Shere Khan plush (these are likely to be available domestically as well), it does not list a Mowgli plush which JC Penney currently offers. Also available at launch are a Bagheera plush, a Baloo plus and a King Louie plush as well as a boys’ Jungle Book t-shirt.
Ahead of any official announcement, both Walmart and Amazonhave begun listing the direct-to-video sequel, The Jungle Book 2, will be making its Blu-ray debut on March 18, 2014, about a month after The Jungle Book Diamond Edition is released.
Below is the description of the release as per Walmart:
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The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce the addition of animated classics The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty to its prestigious Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition Collection. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, The Jungle Book opens to colorful new life on Blu-ray Diamond Edition in February 2014, while Sleeping Beauty awakens on stunning Blu-ray Diamond Edition in October 2014.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) announces the return of seven movie favorites to the Disney vault on January 30, 2010. Treasured by families, fans and coveted by collectors, the exciting, limited-time releases that return to the vault include multiple animated classics and live-action favorites.
- Sleeping Beauty (animated) Blu-ray™ Hi-Def & DVD
- The Jungle Book (animated) on DVD
- The Jungle Book 2 (animated) on DVD
- 101 Dalmatians DVD (animated) on DVD
- 101 Dalmatians II (animated) on DVD
- 101 Dalmatians (live-action) on DVD
- 102 Dalmatians (live action) on DVD
Note to future American Idol prospects: notoriously harsh and brutally honest judge Simon Cowell is unabashedly a Disney fan. Although he has spoken on his affinity for the classic animated films before, such as in this article on DeanPiper.com, he held nothing back after this performance by 12 year old Callum Francis on the 4th semi-final of Britan’s Got Talent (yes, that Susan Boyle show).
Barely dressed as Mowgli, Francis performed a medley of the Bare Necessities and I Wan’na Be Like You. What caught my attention, however, was the appearance of the songs’ actual performers, which appears to have been courtesy of Disneyland Paris (or so I’m assuming).