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Shanti

Shanti is a character who appears at the end of The Jungle Book and is the triagonist of the sequel. She is a 12 year old girl who flirts with Mowgli to get him to do the right thing, but at the same time, she's concerned of her best friend and is afraid of the jungle because it's dangerous. She does conquer her fear later on in the sequel. in teh first, she also happened to be the girl who lured him to the village. She has light tan skin, gold hoop earings, a red dot on her forhead, black hair in a ponytail, a white shirt and a purple skirt; she is voiced by Darleen Carr in the original and Mae Witman in the sequel and the MCF series.

Bio

Shanti makes her brief appearance near the end of the Jungle Book, but she was not named until the sequel. On the way to the man village, Mowgli spots a creature he has never seen before: a human girl. Mowgli requests a better look, and while Baloo unsuccessfully attempts to stop him, Bagheera gleefully encourages him on. Mowgli watches Shanti as she sings about her life. Mowgli falls off the branch of the tree he was looking down at her from and is easily noticed by the young maiden. Shanti lures him into the village by purposely dropping her jug. Mowgli refills the jug and follows her into the village. Bagheera knows that Mowgli is where he belongs now, though Baloo still thinks that Mowgli would made one swell bear.

Shanti makes her biggest appearance in The Jungle Book 2. She thinks that Mowgli is a bad influence on Ranjan. After Mowgli and Ranjan play a prank on Shanti as she collects water from the river outside the village, she takes Rajnan back to the village and lectures him. It soon goes into a song called "Jungle Rhythm". Mowgli almost leads all the children to the jungle until Shanti yells, "STOP!" Soon Ranjan's father comes to tell the children, including Mowgli, to come back. Mowgli is then punished. That night, Shanti brings a bowl of fruit to Mowgli's hut as an apology.

Little does she know that Shere Khan is waiting in the shadows of the village for Mowgli. Shanti soon finds Mowgli with Baloo and she shouts that there is a wild animal. This awakes the villagers and they attacked Shere Khan, unaware he is not the only wild animal. During the havoc, Baloo and Mowgli flee for the jungle. Shanti goes after them, not knowing that Ranjan had followed. As she searches for Mowgli, she encounters Kaa, the snake. He hypnotizes her and is about to eat her until Ranjan saves her by hitting the snake with a stick. The next day, as they still search for Mowgli, Shanti finds mango peelings. Later, she finds Mowgli, but Baloo attacks. He gets caught in some vines, and she punches him in the nose.

Mowgli accidentally reveals that he asked Baloo to attack her. She then runs off in anger with Ranjan in tow. Mowgli goes after them to apologize and finds them standing in fear as Shere Khan has found them. Mowgli then throws dust at him, and they run. Shere Khan goes after them. Mowgli tells Shanti and Rajan to stay hidden and continues to run. Shanti then follows after Mowgli and the tiger as Ranjan meets Baloo and warns him of what is happening. The chase leads to an ancient temple where Baloo, Mowgli, and Shanti hide among its shadows.

She meets Baloo and they start arguing until they both say that they are helping Mowgli. Soon they hide behind a gong and bang them, confusing Shere Khan. However, Shanti's gong falls, showing herself to Shere Khan. He threatens to kill her if Mowgli does not show himself. He soon does and Shere Khan attacks. Baloo fights off the tiger long enough for Mowgli and Shanti to escape. The two run and leap upon a huge stone tiger head. As they climb, Shere Khan goes after them. However, the stone head collapses and it falls with Mowgli, Shere Khan, and Shanti. Luckily, Baloo catches the children as Shere Khan falls to a ledge, and is then trapped by the head. Soon Ranjan's parents and Shanti's mother find them and they return home, where Ranjan's father now understands that the jungle is a part of Mowgli. At the end of the film. Mowgli and Shanti go to collect water from the river. They, along with Ranjan, soon meet Baloo and Bagheera and sing The Bare Necessities.

MCF Stories

Shanti makes an appearence in "Mystery Case Files: The Fanfiction" as one of the orphans at the orphanage who were captured, and then rescued by the forming MCF team.

She made a cameo in "RMCF: Toll of a Belladonna" where she was one of the canidates for Skyla's Rookie until Anne-Marie came. Ironically, Melody, her friend becomes a member of the Crusaders.

Appearences

  • Mystery Case Files: the Fanfiction(Debut; episode: The First Mystery)
  • RMCF: Toll of a Belladonna(cameo)

Trivia

  • She is shown to be friends with Melody as shown in "RMCF: Toll of a Belladonna", but she can also be a friendly rival to Melody for Mowgli simular to Betty and Veronica.
  • Shanti's animation from the original film was used as a reference by Mark Henn when animating Ariel in the 1989 film the Little Mermaid.
  • Even though she wasn't raised in the jungle, she can speak to the other animals.
  • Shanti's appearance in the Jungle Book is far from the one in the Jungle Book 2. In the first film, she is shown with pigtails and bows in her hair and wears pink, depicting a more feminine nature, while in the second film, she has more of a look to women in India. Her look was obviously updated on purpose.
  • Shanti had a solo to sing about finding her friend Mowgli, but the scene was deleted on account of Disney producers deciding that the song would take too much attention from Mowgli and the story plot.

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