Pictured above: Storyboard concepts for The Jungle Book's lost character, Rocky the Rhino. Developed by Walt Disney himself, and considered a key character in The Jungle Book, Rocky never made it to the silver screen.
Cinematical was lucky enough to get a hold of these exclusive, unreleased images (with regards to Rocky the Rhino) from the classic Disney animated film, all of which will be featured on The Jungle Book: Platinum Edition DVD, due out in stores on October 2. For a limited time only, fans will be able to help celebrate The Jungle Book's 40th anniversary by picking up the two-disc Platinum Edition DVD of the last animated film to be personally touched by Walt Disney himself.
Apart from these images of the lost Jungle Book character, there's a ton of special features as well, including: "The Bare Necessities: The Making of The Jungle Book" featurette (which includes Walt's contributions to the film), "Disney's Kipling," which examines Walt's interpretation of Rudyard Kipling's "Mowgli Stories," and commentary from the original animators Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and director Woolie Reitherman -- alongside additional commentary from folks like Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid) and Andreas Deja (The Lion King).
Personally, The Jungle Book was always one of my favorite animated films growing up (I watched it so much at one point that my mother took it away, saying the tape broke, only to find it magically reappear once she was no longer sick of hearing the thing play in the background all day long). We've included a full list of special features (along with their descriptions) after the jump, as well as an exclusive image gallery to check out below. The Jungle Book: Platinum Edition DVD arrives on shelves this October 2.
• The Lost Character: Rocky The Rhino
For the first time ever, the near-sighted, short-tempered rhinoceros named Rocky is brought to the screen using original storyboards and original voice recordings by Frank Fontaine.
• The Bare Necessities: The Making of The Jungle Book
A comprehensive look at the last animated film that Walt Disney produced using existing archival footage in addition to new interviews with Richard Sherman, Brad Bird, Glen Keane, Eric Goldberg, James Baxter, Will Fi'nn, Andreas Deja, Burny Mattinson Ted Thomas, Bruce Reitherman, John Culhane, John Canemaker and Neal Gabler-plus a never-before-seen collection of artwork and treatments from the film
• Disney's Kipling: Walt's Magic Touch on A Literary Classic
A discarded film treatment from 1963 includes scenes from Kipling's "Mowgli Stories" and more are used to illustrate Walt's interpretation of the literary masterpiece
• The Lure of The Jungle Book
Many of today's biggest names in animation were inspired to pursue their careers after seeing The Jungle Book; this feature examines this phenomenon and features new interviews with Brad Bird, Andreas Deja, Sergio Pablo, Will Finn and Eric Goldberg.
• Mowgli's Return to the Jungle
Learn about nature filmmaking and the experience of making The Jungle Book firsthand from Bruce Reitherman, the voice of Mowgli.
• Baloo's Virtual Swingin' Jungle Cruise
Join everyone's favorite bear in this set-top and DVD-ROM game on an adventure through the jungle: enjoy fun activities and musical challenges, but keep an eye out because there's no telling what's on the other side of the river bend!
• Audio Commentary
Combines comments from current animators with audio from the original creative team who made the film
• English Learning Feature
• Still Frame Art Gallery
Embark on a thrilling, adventure-filled journey with the boy, Mowgli as he makes his way to the man-village with Bagheera, the wise panther. Along the way he meets jazzy King Louie, the hypnotic snake Kaa and the lovable, happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, who teaches Mowgli The Bare Necessities of life and the true meaning of friendship.
Based on Rudyard Kipling's "Mowgli Stories," The Jungle Book is the final film Walt Disney produced (his 19th) and will become Disney's 10th title to be honored with Platinum status. The original cast includes a pair of "Winnie the Pooh" stars: voice of Pooh himself, Sterling Holloway as python Kaa, and Sebastian Cabot speaking for Bagheera the panther. Oscar winner George Sanders (All About Eve) voiced tiger Shere Khan. Bruce Reitherman, son of director Woolie, played Mowgli, with Phil Harris as Baloo the bear.