The Jungle Book is almost entirely made up of CGI characters, which makes it very easy to localise for foreign countries. Just introduce a new set of voice actors and you’ve got a film in a whole different language that looks believable (since lip synching isn’t required).

So how about a Singapore version of The Jungle Book? We could have it set in the MacRitchie Nature Reserve, although in that case the film would be called The Nature Reserve Book. If we could have our pick of voice actors for the film, here are our choices for the characters in The Jungle Book!

1. Moses Lim as Baloo

Imagine Moses Lim as Baloo! Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, moseslim.com

Imagine Moses Lim as Baloo! Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, moseslim.com

They’re both rotund, kindly father figures, so it makes sense that Moses Lim would voice Baloo! Moses Lim is also known for dispensing pearls of wisdom in funny way, just like how Baloo makes his insightful observations in a lazy drawl.

In fact, the rest of his Under One Roof family could also make cameos as Baloo’s bear family! Would that make him… Baloo Tan or Tan Baloo?

2. Janice Koh as Bagheera

How about Janice Koh as Bagheera? Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, SG Magazine Online

How about Janice Koh as Bagheera? Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, SG Magazine Online

I know Bagheera is male in The Jungle Book, but in some other editions, Bagheera is depicted as female – so let’s go with some variety in the cast and have a female voice actor for Bagheera! Just like Bagheera, Janice Koh often plays strict characters who are actually loving maternal figures. She’d be able to lecture Mowgli when the time is right, but offer advice when he most needs it.

And imagine the possibilities of having a black panther NMP in Parliament. There’s no rule against that now, is there?

3. Kaa as Kumar

Kumar and Kaa both start with K. Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, singapore hotel

Kumar and Kaa both start with K. Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, singapore hotel

They’re both lanky characters who have a way with words, so how about having Kumar be Kaa in a Singaporean Jungle Book? He’ll also be able to inject humour into Kaa’s portrayal, and whoever he encounters will be tricked into making a fool of themselves. Sounds like a perfect role for Kumar to voice!

We could also see Kaa pursuing a role in standup comedy in The Jungle Book‘s version of a comedy club.

4. Sheikh Haikel as King Louie

Sheikh Haikel as King Louie would be King Haikel or Sheikh Louie? Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Dope

Sheikh Haikel as King Louie would be King Haikel or Sheikh Louie? Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Dope

This version of King Louie has a decidedly gangsta vibe about him, which Sheikh Haikel undoubtedly exudes. Just check that gold chain and his shades! King Louie is used to commanding large audiences, just like Sheikh Haikel did as a deejay. He’ll be able to instil a commanding tone whenever he needs to, but revert back to a charming dude when trying to persuade people.

Best of all, we might even get a rapping King Louie out of this!

5. Chen Li Ping as Raksha

Chen Li Ping would be an adorable Raksha. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures, Yahoo! Newsroom

Chen Li Ping would be an adorable Raksha. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures, Yahoo! Newsroom

Raksha is the motherly wolf that brings up Mowgli, and is fiercely protective of all her cubs too. That sounds like our favourite Aiyoyo Teacher, Chen Li Ping, who manages to keep her whole class of students safe and educate them on the basics of life. At the end of The Jungle Book, Raksha is seen teaching her new cubs the law of the jungle. Just like a real teacher!

Fortunately, Raksha won’t be able to get her students to do corrections.

6. Lim Kay Tong as Shere Khan

Lim Kay Tong would be a fierce Shere Khan. Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, InSing

Lim Kay Tong would be a fierce Shere Khan. Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, InSing

Lim Kay Tong’s super serious look would go well with the ferocious anger that Shere Khan possesses. There’s always this sense of simmering rage whenever the evil tiger appears, and Lim Kay Tong’s careful, deliberated way of talking can also convey this sense of restrained anger, too.

If there’s a Winnie the Pooh – Jungle Book crossover, Tigger could appear as Shere Khan’s goofier younger brother. And who better to voice Tigger in this case than Lim Kay Tong’s real brother, Lim Kay Siu?

7. Nat Ho as Mowgli

Nat Ho would be a muscular Mowgli. Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Lollipop

Nat Ho would be a muscular Mowgli. Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Lollipop

Nat Ho’s a lot more buff now, so he’ll be easy on the eyes as a Singaporean Mowgli! He might be a bit too old for the role, but that’s what CGI is for. And since Nat Ho’s also a singer and dancer, that means we might get some song and dance routines from this version of The Jungle Book.

Poster for The Jungle Book. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Poster for The Jungle Book. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

But to fully appreciate a Singaporean version of The Jungle Book, you’ve got to catch the original one first! Watch out for ferocious tigers and gigantic orang-utans as Mowgli makes his way through the forest in The Jungle Book, out in cinemas now!

 

Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, moseslim.com, SG Magazine Online, singapore hotel, Dope, Yahoo! Newsroom, InSing, Lollipop, Golden Village Cinemas