Maugli ( Russian ) (1998) : Maugli ( Russian ) : Russian Jungle Book Version: "Mowgli" is far truer to the spirit of Kipling's story than the singsong Disney version (incidentally, there are no songs to speak of in this one). Animation is rather unusual, with rather sweeping strokes and not a lot of color detail, but very detailed movements. I for one love watching Bagheera (who is female here for grammatical reasons), and Tabaqui is also a treat. It's always been hard to stop an episode of "Mowgli" in between, especially the Red Dog episode always has me sitting on the edge of the seat. This is a classic that every Russian child since 1967 grew up with and I keep returning to it. One of the best in Russian animation, and that means something.
Director : Roman Davydov
Cast : Anatoli Papanov, Lyudmila Kasatkina, Lyusyena Ovchinnikova, Oleg Vidov, Sergei Martinson, Stepan Bubnov, Yuri Puzyryov