Do you remember watching the old Jungle Book movie when you were younger? Maybe you’re not old enough to remember it, but you’ve certainly heard of the new one that was released this year, right? I haven’t seen it yet, but I definitely saw the older animated one multiple times. Are you familiar with the character King Louie?
He was quite a character, that’s for sure. As a matter of fact, he was an additional character drawn up just for the movie. He’s king of the apes in the movie, and he has been in other spin-offs of the original 1967 movie. Do you know who voiced the character in the latest Jungle Book movie? Would you believe that it’s Christopher Walken?
In the movie, Mowgli has to be rescued from King Louie, so the king isn’t necessarily considered to be a good character if you’re familiar with the story. Do you remember the movie Jungle Book 2? If you do, you might have noticed that the King Louie character wasn’t in the movie. Do you know why?
It wasn’t because he wasn’t supposed to be, but instead, it was all about legal battles. It’s interesting to note that there have been many racial discussions about the character of King Louie. It all stems from the original film, and it’s interesting to note that the person who almost was set to provide the voice for the character was Louis Armstrong.
The person who went ahead and voiced the role was also named Louis. Louis Prima was his name, and it’s his widow that was responsible for the legal battles mentioned previously. King Louis is a very eccentric character, and you’ll notice that if you get a chance to check him out in the Jungle Book movie and other spin-offs.