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Gone, man, solid gone

My favorite Disney movie has to be The Jungle Book. The story is great, the animation is lovely, the characters are memorable (Shere Khan, voiced by George Sanders, is among my favorite movie villains), and the music is jazzy perfection.

With so many great songs it might seem hard to choose a favorite one, but mine is definitely “I Wanna Be Like You,” which you may know as The Monkey Song.

Bonus musical history fun: The head orangutan, King Louie, is performed by the great band leader and trumpeter Louis Prima. In the DVD extras for the movie, there’s a bit of footage of Prima and his band dancing around the sound stage as they recorded “I Wanna Be Like You” — very like the monkeys in the clip.