Illustration of Baloo from the 1903 edition of The Jungle Book

Species:Himalyan brown bear/Sloth bear (resembles the Asian Cave bear)
Place of Origin:The Seeonee hills
Weapon: Bite force, Cave bear similarity, fists, claws.
Death: None
Appears in: Mowgli's Brothers, Kaa's Hunting, Tiger! Tiger!, How Fear Came, Letting In the Jungle, The Spring Running

Baloo is a main fictional character featured in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book from 1894 and The Second Jungle Book from 1895. Baloo, a bear, is the strict teacher of the cubs of the Seeonee wolf pack. His most challenging pupil is the "man-cub" Mowgli. Baloo and Bagheera, a panther, save Mowgli from Shere Khan the tiger and endeavor to teach Mowgli the Law of the Jungle in many of The Jungle Book stories.


Baloo taught the cubs of the Seeonee wolf pack the Law of the Jungle. His most challenging pupil was the "man-cub" Mowgli; despite Bagheera's objections he sometimes found it necessary to use corporal punishment against Mowgli, although when called upon to defend the man-cub against the Bandar-log he did not hesitate. Baloo was one of Mowgli's mentors. He, Bagheera and Kaa sang for Mowgli "The Outsong" of the jungle.

Adventures of Mowgli Russian Dub Voice Stepan Bubnov with on 1973 English Dub as Cam Lane

In Disney productionsEdit

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The Disney version of Baloo

A character named Baloo, based on Kipling's creation, has also appeared in various Disney productions, starting with that company's feature-length version of The Jungle Book. In this version, Baloo is an easygoing and fun-loving character who shirks responsibility -- seemingly far removed from the law teacher in Kipling's book. This version of the character has appeared in animated series, TaleSpin (as a humanoid-bear), Jungle Cubs (as a child) and Disney's House of Mouse (as a guest), as well as a feature-length sequel to the animated movie. He also made a cameo appearance in the Disney on Ice play, Disney Presents Pixar's The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure, meeting up with Violet. Disney's Baloo is arguably the most popular character in The Jungle Book. Baloo was made famous the song The Bare Necessities, sung by Phil Harris, in which he tells Mowgli how a life of leisure can be achieved by living off the land - if you know the tricks.

Other usesEdit

  • Baloo Latin for hullabaloo slang.
  • Baloo Common name for small pet Chihuaua Dogs, Otherwise known as Bibis and Mehen.
  • Baloo is also the pen name of cartoonist Rex F. May.
  • Like all of the main Jungle Book Characters, Baloo is used as a name for an adult leader in many Cub Scout Packs.
  • In the Scouting world, BALOO is an acronym for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, a BSA course for adult Cub Scout Leaders wherein they learn the fundamental skills for taking Cub Scouts on an overnight campout.
  • In Hindi, his name (बालू ) means "sand".

Trivia Edit

  • Baloo is portrayed as one of the several species bears that live in India: the sloth bear, the Asian black bear, and the Himalayan brown bear. In the original novel, Baloo is described as a sleepy brown bear, a teacher of the Law of the Jungle and Mowgli's best friend.
    • In real life, there are a total of four bear-species found in India (sloth, Himalayan brown, Asiatic black and sun bear), but the sloth bear is the only species found in Madhya Pradesh, where the stories take place.
    • In the animated franchise for the 1967 version of Walt Disney's "The Jungle Book", he is portrayed as a Sloth Bear, meanwhile in the Russian version, he's portrayed as an Asian Black Bear.
      • In the animated film's live-action replica of 2016, he is changed into a Himalayan brown bear.
    • He's also a sloth bear in the anime series Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli, which bears a striking resemblance to his Disney self.
    • In the 1994 remake of "The Jungle Book", Baloo is portrayed by a Cinnamon Bear.
    • In the live-action television shows and movies, they have Baloo portrayed by an American black bear.
    • In hand-drawn and CGI, Baloo is portrayed as a Himalayan Brown Bear.
  • Buzara/Dan'l the Mandrill from Kimba the White Lion resembles Baloo, except in Aryll's New World from Astro Boy Productions, where he's renamed Paloop.
  • In Disney's Jungle Book 2, Baloo is voiced by John Goodman. He shares his voice actor in the sequel with Sulley from Pixar's 2001 film Monsters Inc.
  • In the 1967 Disney film, he is voiced by Phil Harris, and in the 2016 Remake, he is voiced by Bill Murray.
    • The 1967 version (along with Louie and Shere Khan) is also used in a TV series known as Talespin.
    • This Baloo may have also inspired Little John of Disney's Robin Hood, since both are bears of similar shape and are voiced by Phil Harris.
    • In real life, male sloth bears have been known to be quite docile toward cubs, so it makes sense that this Baloo holds a paternal aura toward Mowgli.
  • The Disney, golden films, jetlag and CGI Baloos are unique in that they can walk on two legs only (and briefly in adventures of mowgli and jungle book shonen mowgli he walks on two legs), which is rare in real bears, but not impossible: perhaps the best example of this is Pedals the black bear who resorted to walking on two legs due to suffering an injury to his front-paws.

Voices of Baloo Edit

Phil Harris - The Jungle Book

John Goodman - The Jungle Book 2

Roddy McDowall - Mowgli's Brothers

AJ Henderson - Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli

Campbell Lane - Adventures of Mowgli

Brian Doyle-Murray - The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story

Bill Murray - The Jungle Book (2016)

Jimmy Hibbert - The Jungle Book (CGI)

Andy Serkis - Mowgli: Legend of Jungle

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