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Background information
Feature films The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story
The Jungle Book (2016 film)
Short films
Television programs Jungle Cubs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice John Abbott (The Jungle Book)
Rob Paulsen (Jungle Cubs)
Clancy Brown (Mowgli's Story)
Giancarlo Esposito (in the 2016 live-action film adaptation)
Performance model
Inspiration Akela from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Elderly, wise, protective
Appearance Indian wolf
Occupation Leader of the wolf pack
Alignment Good
Goal To lead the pack and ensure Mowgli is safe (The Jungle Book)
To run off with Leah and help her raise a family (Jungle Cubs)
Home The Jungle
Relatives (In Jungle Cubs) Leah (wife) and 8 puppies (sons and daughters)
(In Mowgli's Story) Raksha (wife) and Little Raksha (daughter)
Allies Wolf Council, Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Colonel Hathi, King Louie (in Jungle Cubs), Shere Khan (in Jungle Cubs), Kaa (in Jungle Cubs), Leah (in Jungle Cubs)
Minions Wolf pack
Enemies Shere Khan, Cain (in Jungle Cubs), Tabaqui, Kaa
Likes Protecting Mowgli
Dislikes Shere Khan
Powers and abilities Strength, speed, howls
Weapons Teeth, claws
Fate Has Mowgli sent away. (The Jungle Book)
Makes the Jungle Cubs the godfathers of his and Leah's newborn puppies.(Jungle Cubs)
Quote "Shere Khan will surely kill the boy and all who try to protect him."

Akela is the leader of the wolf pack from the 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book. He was originally voiced by the late John Abbott.


The Jungle Book

Akela, like the other wolves, is seen at the beginning of the film. He appears when the pack learns that Shere Khan had returned to their part of the jungle. Akela states that Shere Khan wants to kill Mowgli and not even the strength of the entire pack could fight him off, so he has Bagheera take Mowgli to the Man-Village. Akela and the wolves are not seen again afterwards.

Jungle Cubs

Akela and his mate, Leah, appear as teenagers in the episode "The Coming of the Wolves". Their pack leader, Cain, has had feelings for Leah and wanted her all to himself, but she rejects him. Akela and Leah then decide to leave the pack. When Cain and his pack give chase, Akela and Leah manage to escape and seek refuge in the lair without knowing it belongs to the cubs. After Hathi panics at the sight of the two wolves and flees, Akela and Leah laugh awkwardly and decide to rest where they are. The cubs later have a falling-out with Akela and Leah, who both eventually decide to leave. However, when Cain and his pack arrive at the lair and plan to attack, Akela and the cubs all stand up to him. Akela and Cain then engage in a brutal fight over Leah. In the aftermath, Akela defeats Cain and then orders him to leave the cubs' lair and never return. Cain picks himself up and reluctantly does so. Shere Khan and the other cubs tell the two wolves that they can stay at their lair. Just then, Leah goes into labor and has 8 wolf puppies. As a reward for the cubs' kindness, Akela and Leah make them the godfathers of their puppies.

The Jungle Book (2016 film)

Akela has been slated to appear in the upcoming 2016 live-action film adaptation, voiced by Giancarlo Esposito.


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Animated Films: The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book 2
Live Action Films: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story | The Jungle Book
TV Series: Jungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book Groove Party
Music: Soundtrack | More Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book

Disney Parks

Journey into the Jungle Book | Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost | Animagique | Disney's Believe | Disney's Wishes | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book


Original: Mowgli | Baloo | Bagheera | King Louie | Shere Khan | Kaa | Colonel Hathi | Winifred | Hathi, Jr. | Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy | Akela | Rama | Shanti | Raksha | Wolf Pups | Wolf Council | Jungle Patrol | Flunkey | Bandar-log
Deleted characters: Rocky the Rhino | Buldeo | Tabaqui
Sequel: Ranjan | Ranjan's father | Messua | Shanti's mother | Lucky
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Grey Brother | Nathoo | Kitty Brydon | Colonel Brydon | Sergeant Claibourne | Dr. Julius Plumford | William Boone | Sergeant Harley | Buldeo (1994 Film) | Tabaqui (1994 Film) | Lt. John Wilkins | Indian Bandits | Alice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and Cecil | The Croc | Mahra | Benny and Clyde | Ned, Jed & Fred | Mungo | Leah | Cain | Red Dogs | Winifred's Uncle | McCoy | Dictator Turtle | Whitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry


Jungle | Ancient Ruins | Man Village | India | Asia


Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" | "The Bare Necessities" | "I Wanna Be Like You" | "Trust in Me" | "That's What Friends are For" | "My Own Home"
Deleted songs: "Brothers All" | "The Song of the Seeonee" | "Monkey See, Monkey Do" | "I Knew I Belonged to Her" | "In A Day's Work" | "The Mighty Hunters"
More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" | "Jungle Fever" | "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" | "It's a Kick"
Jungle Cubs: "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" | "Jungle Cub Love"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" | "Join the Ranks" | "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" | "A Mood for Food" | "We Are the Vultures" | "Run" | "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" | "W-I-L-D" | "Right Where I Belong"

See Also

Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | TaleSpin | House of Mouse | Disney's Jungle Boogie

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