Next to "The Bare Necessities
", "I Wan'na Be Like You" or to give it its full title "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)", is probably both the best known and the best song from the 1967 Walt Disney animation The Jungle Book
. It was composed by the Sherman Brothers - Richard and Robert - and is performed in the cartoon by King Louis (who is an Orangutan with rhythm) together with a monkey chorus, and joined shortly by Baloo the Bear as an Orangutan in drag - yes, this really is a family show! King Louis wants to walk and talk like a man, but he also wants to learn the secret of making fire.
The song has a jazzy feel to it, and at the end, Baloo is unmasked. It is not only Orangutans who want to walk like men, in 1970 it was recorded by Pinky and Perky, the famous television pigs - perhaps they should have read Animal Farm
Alexander Baron - London, England