Saturday, April 25, 2009

Weekly Geeks: It's all about animals

Can anyone forget The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling? I loved all the characters in it, as a kid. I think I still do. Sometimes I call my youngest nephew, Mowgli!

Mowgli — the young jungle boy.
Father Wolf — One who raised Mowgli as his own cub
Raksha — One who raised Mowgli as her own cub
Grey brother — One of Mother and Father Wolf's cubs
Hathi — An Indian Elephant
Bagheera — A black panther
Baloo— A Sloth Bear
Shere Khan— The Royal Bengal Tiger
Kaa — Indian Python
Akela — An Indian Wolf
Tabaqui — A Golden Jackal
Chil — A kite
Mor — An Indian Peafowl
Mang — A Bat
Ikki — An Asiatic Brush-tailed Porcupine
The Bandar log — A tribe of monkeys
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi — An Indian Mongoose
Darzee — A tailorbird
Chuchundra — A Muskrat
Nag — A male King cobra
Nagaina — A female King cobra, Nag's mate
Karait -- A Common Krait
Kotick — The White Seal
Sea catch — A Northern fur seal and Kotick's father
Sea vitch — A Walrus
Sea cow — A manatee

Movies based on The Jungle Book:

Elephant Boy (1937)
Jungle Book (1942)
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994)
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo (1997)
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998)

There have been many animation films too based on The Jungle Book.

Lastly, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Boy too is loosely based on Mowgli of The Jungle Boy. The diffrence being, Mowgli was brought by Wolves and The Graveyard Boy is brought by the dead. There has to be that characteristic dark twist that is Gaiman's forte! Do check out on Neil Gaiman's website to learn more on it.