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“I kept thinking how can I make this bear and this kid feel closer together,” noted animator Ollie Johnston, while fellow Disney artist Frank Thomas added, that with Baloo and Mowgli,“I think we got the strongest friendly relationship between two characters we ever got in any picture.”
Baloo was to originally have had a much smaller role in The Jungle Book but the relationship between the boy and bear was so heartfelt, the jazzy bruin’s role
Plussed with a pewter cowlick on Mowgli, this irresistible sculpture highlights the humorous and heartwarming jungle-born kinship between two of Walt Disney’s most cherished characters — the endearing “Little Britches” and his ever-lovin’ “Papa Bear.
" Good ol' Papa Bear!' sculpted by Bruce Lau is Limited to Production Year 2011.