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The Jungle Book is a collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling. The stories were first published in magazines in 1893-4. The original publications contained illustrations, some by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling.
The tales in the book are fables, using animals in an anthropomorphic manner to give moral lessons. The verses of The Law of the Jungle, for example, lay down rules for the safety of individuals, families and communities.
Kipling put in them nearly everything he knew or heard or dreamed about the Indian jungle. Other readers have interpreted the work as metaphors of the politics and society of the time.
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The best-known of them are the three stories revolving around the adventures of an abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The most famous of the other stories are probably Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the story of a heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale of a young elephant-handler. Kotick, The White Seal seeking for his people a haven where they would be safe from hunters, has been considered a metaphor for Zionism, then in its beginning.
The Jungle Book, because of its moral tone, came to be used as a motivational book by the Cub Scouts, a junior element of the Scouting movement. This use of the book's universe was approved by Kipling after a direct petition of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, who had originally asked for the author's permission for the use of the Memory Game from Kim in his scheme to develop the morale and fitness of working-class youths in cities. Akela, the head wolf in The Jungle Book, has become a senior figure in the movement, the name being traditionally adopted by the leader of each Cub Scout pack.
The book's text has often been abridged or adapted for younger readers, and there have also been several comic book adaptations.
A comic book series Petit d'homme (Man Cub) was published in Belgium between 1996 and 2003. Written by Crisse and drawn by Marc N'Guessan and Guy Michel, it resets the stories in a post-apocalyptic world in which Mowgli's friends are humans rather than animals: Baloo is an elderly doctor, Bagheera is a fierce African woman warrior and Kaa is a former army sniper.
Recently, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book was released, and is based in part on The Jungle Book. It follows the tales of a baby boy that is found & brought up by the dead in a cemetery. It has many scenes that can be directly linked back to Kipling, but with Gaiman's dark twist. Mr. Gaiman has spoken in some detail about this on his website.
Disney's 1967 animated film version, inspired by the Mowgli stories, was extremely popular, though it took great liberties with the plot, characters and the pronunciation of the characters' names.
In 1967, another animated adaptation was released in the Soviet Union called Mowgli, also known as the 'heroic' version of the story. Five animated shorts of about 20 minutes each were released between 1967 and 1971, and combined into a single 96-minute feature film in 1973. Chuck Jones' made for-TV cartoons Mowgli's Brothers, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The White Seal stick to the original storylines more closely than most adaptations.
A Hungarian musical was composed and was first performed in 1996 in Budapest and is still running today in many Hungarian theatres. It won the prize of the Hungarian Theatre Critics as the musical of the year in 1996.
In 2006 the Orlando Shakespeare Theater commissioned a unique adaptation for their Theater For Young Audiences series. With Book and Lyrics by April-Dawn Gladu and Music and Lyrics by Daniel Levy, this version explores the joy and pain felt by his two mothers, the human Messua and Raksha the wolf, and stresses the benefits of community and compassion.
The Second Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book is a sequel to The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. First published in 1895, it features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories, all but one set in India, most of which Kipling wrote while living in Vermont. All of the stories were previously published in magazines in 1894-5, often under different titles. The book is less well-known than the original.
Stories in the Second Jungle Book
How Fear Came: This story takes place before Mowgli fights Shere Khan. During a drought, Mowgli and the animals gather at a shrunken river for a 'water truce', during which Hathi the elephant tells the story of how the first tiger got his stripes. This story can be seen as a forerunner of the Just So Stories.
The King's Ankus: Mowgli discovers a jewelled object which he later discards carelessly, not realising that men will kill each other to possess it. Note: the first edition of The Second Jungle Book inadvertently omits the final 500 words of this story, in which Mowgli returns the treasure to its hiding-place to prevent further killings. Although the error was corrected in later printings, it was picked up by some later editions.
The third Jungle Book
The Third Jungle Book by Pamela Jekel, originally illustrated by Nancy Malick, is a collection of new stories about Mowgli, the feral child character, and his animal companions, created by Rudyard Kipling and featured in Kipling's The Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895).
The stories are written in an accurate pastiche of Kipling's style, although Jekel sometimes allows a modern American phrase like quick study to slip through. Jekel's plotting also frequently includes references to animal behaviour and anatomy that were not a feature of Kipling's original stories.
Chronologically the stories begin some time after the first half of Mowgli's Brothers when the infant Mowgli is being taught jungle law and customs, and end after the events of In the Rukh, when Mowgli is married and raising a child but still keeping in touch with his animal friends.
Hold onto your seats as the Tony Award winning director Zimmerman, brings to the stage one of your favorite childhood classic stories by Rudyard Kipling, in the form of a music-filled manifestation. Prepare to attend the Jungle Book showcase by grabbing cheap Jungle Book tickets today to watch a production that will bring pleasure to audiences of all ages.
You now have a chance to plan a night out with the entire family as the director and adapter, Mary Zimmerman prepares to recreate Mowgli's adventures in the Jungle, using the original score from the Disney feature film while also adding several new surprises. Scheduled to be held at the Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre situated in Chicago, this musical production will enchant audiences and display a dazzling rendition of the classic tale.
Having created several musical productions such as Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Journey to the West, The Odyssey, Mirror to the Invisible World and Arabian Nights, Zimmerman's plays have been featured as regular and special shows at the most prestigious theatrical locations. She has been invited by Circle in the Square, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, About Face Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company to stage several of her most well recognized theatrical productions. Zimmerman currently works as the Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre as its artistic director, while also working as a visiting faculty member at the Northwestern University in its Performance Studies' Department. Apart from this Zimmerman is also currently an executive member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company. This playwright has received twenty Joseph Jefferson Awards for the works she created after completing her Doctorate in Performance Studies from the Northwestern University, a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and a Tony Award in 2002 for her rendition of Ovid's Metamorphoses for the category of "Best Direction of a Play".
Apart from creating musical productions, Zimmerman has also experimented with opera, presenting her debut work called Galileo Galilei that came forward in 2002. With music provided by Philip Glass, this opera ran at the Goodman Theatre, after which in 2007, a new series of the same production were inaugurated at the Metropolitan Opera. She also engaged in creating another opera for this opera house that was inspired by Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. At present Zimmerman is involved in directing a musical called "Jungle Book" that has been adapted from the collection of stories that Kipling wrote back in 1894 and the Disney classic presentation of 1967.
Zimmerman has stated that the score that has been used from the Disney film has been modified in such a way that it is recognizable to the audiences and at the same time brings to the stage beautiful and new sounds that pleasantly surprise the crowd. Zimmerman has collaborated with Richard Sherman, who composed the original songs for the movie, to bring forth these new sounds, so as to avoid straying from the essence of the original score.
The Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre is inviting audiences to attend its upcoming presentation of Zimmerman's Jungle Book as it will be held amongst the eight productions that will be presented for its 2013 season. Their season will be inaugurated by the showcase of Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams, moving onto presenting musicals such as Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, Teddy Ferra, The Happiest Song Play Last, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and not to forget, the Jungle Book. This theatre company that was founded in 1925 is one of Chicago's oldest nonprofit theatrical organizations. Holding several notable productions, the most popular one being the annual A Christmas Carol theatrical presentation that has been going on since 1970, the facility has won countless Joseph Jefferson Awards, apart from receiving the "Regional Theatre Tony Award" in 1992.
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