The Jungle Book was originally written by Rudyard Kipling and published in 1894. Walt Disney picked up the rights to make it into a movie in 1960, and worked on it from then until his death. The film was released in 1967, and was on the short list for the Academy Award for Best Picture, narrowly missing the nomination.
The story follows Mowgli, an Indian boy picked up by a pack of wolves after his mother was killed by Sheer Khan prior to the events of the movie. After a threat from Shere Khan to kill the boy, the jaguar Bagheera attempts to take him to the Man-Village. Mowgli, intent on staying in The Jungle, runs away, and is picked up by the bear Baloo.
Through a series of misadventures, which include a run-in with King Louie, Kaa the snake, an band of marching elephants, and even vultures resembling the Beatles, Mowgli eventually contronts Shere Khan and bests the tiger using fire and help from his friends. At the end of the movie, he eventually goes to the Man-Village.