SOURCE: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

August 28, 2007 08:00 ET

Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre Offers a Swingin' Safari for Its Exclusive 18-Day Engagement of Disney's Animated Classic "The Jungle Book" From Sept. 7th - 23rd

Platinum Edition DVD Debuts on October 2nd

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - August 28, 2007) - Hollywood's legendary movie palace, The El Capitan Theatre, celebrates the upcoming October 2nd release of the two-disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition DVD of Walt Disney's animated classic "The Jungle Book," by taking moviegoers on a swingin' safari loaded with adventure, comedy, and jungle rhythms, during its exclusive 18-day engagement of the film (September 7th - 23rd), it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Every showing of the beloved 1967 Disney favorite will also feature a special appearance by Baloo, who will entertain and lead the audience in a sing-along of "Bare Necessities," and "I Wanna Be Like You." Kicking off the engagement at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 6th will be a special opening night filmmakers panel, hosted by veteran Disney producer Don Hahn ("The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast"). The evening is scheduled to include an on-stage reunion of four of the original voice talents from the film -- Bruce Reitherman (voice of Mowgli), Darlene Carr (voice of Shanti), Chad Stuart (voice of Flaps the vulture), and Clint Howard (voice of Junior the elephant) -- along with a live performance by Academy Award®-winning songwriter Richard Sherman, and an appreciation by acclaimed contemporary animator/animation expert Andreas Deja. Beginning September 7th, "The Jungle Book" will show daily at 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:45 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:15 pm. Tickets for all performances can be purchased at the El Capitan box office, on-line at, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.

Adding to the fun, Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store (located adjacent to the El Capitan Theatre) is getting into the swing of things by serving up a wild new "Jungle Book Sundae." This irresistible offering features two Baloo-sized scoops of chocolate chip ice cream, a layer of bananas (worthy of King Louie himself), a coating of chocolate sauce topped off with candy pebbles, whipped cream and a cherry.

Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, "Disney's animated classic 'The Jungle Book' has been a favorite film for several generations of moviegoers and we're thrilled to have an opportunity to show it on the big screen in all its digitally restored splendor. Audiences are really going to enjoy seeing this heartfelt and hilarious film again, and to reacquaint themselves with Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, and all those great characters. Add in a special appearance by Baloo at each showing and you've got more than the bare necessities for a magical experience at the El Capitan Theatre."

Originally released in 1967, "The Jungle Book" was the last animated feature to be personally supervised by Walt Disney himself. Based on the classic Rudyard Kipling tales, the Disney story team and seasoned animators crafted a unique, music-filled version that follows the misadventures of a human boy named Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in the jungle. When the vicious tiger Shere Khan vows to kill the "man cub," it is deemed unsafe for the boy to remain and Bagheera the panther is chosen to accompany him on his journey back to civilization. Along the way, Mowgli meets the lovable "jungle bum" Baloo the bear who befriends him and teaches him the "bare necessities" of life. He also encounters the mad King Louie of the Apes, who yearns to be like the humans and discover the secret of man's "red fire." Mowgli also meets a pack of pachyderms, a hypnotic snake named Kaa, and a quartet of vocalizing vultures before his climactic confrontation with Shere Khan. Richard and Robert Sherman wrote five songs for the film ("I Wanna Be Like You," "Trust in Me," "My Own Home," "That's What Friends Are For," and "Colonel Hathi's March"), while composer Terry Gilkyson provided the Oscar®-nominated tune, "Bare Necessities." "The Jungle Book" boasts one of Disney's greatest all-star vocal ensembles that included Phil Harris, Louis Prima, George Sanders, Sterling Holoway, Sebastian Cabot, J. Pat O'Malley, along with the El Capitan's special guests Bruce Reitherman, Darlene Carr, Chad Stuart, and Clint Howard.

Walt Disney Home Entertainment's special two-disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition DVD of "The Jungle Book" is due for a limited time only release on October 2nd. This edition features a spectacular all-new restoration with enhanced picture and sound, and presents the film for the first time in its original aspect ratio. The original theatrical soundtrack has been meticulously restored for this release, and available audio tracks include English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Among the DVD's exciting new bonus features are: "The Bare Necessities: The Making of 'The Jungle Book,'" "Disney's Kipling: Walt's Magic Touch on a Literary Classic," "The Lure of 'The Jungle Book,'" "Mowgli's Return to the Jungle," "Baloo's Virtual Swingin' Jungle Cruise," a glimpse at the film's lost character Rocky the Rhino (recreated with story boards and original voice recordings by Frank Fontaine), along with audio commentary, a still frame gallery, and English learning features. This special Platinum Edition DVD is overflowing with memorable characters and amazing bonus features that both new adventurers and seasoned explorers are sure to enjoy.

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