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Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy and Dizzy are minor characters in Disney's 1967 animated feature, The Jungle Book. They appear to be a parody of The Beatles.

Appearances

The Jungle Book

Close to the end of the film, after Mowgli escapes from Kaa, the four vultures are bored and trying to think of something to do (a running gag consists of Buzzie asking Flaps "so what are we gonna do?", only to get an "I don't know" in response). They eventually spot Mowgli and decide to investigate him, at first poking fun at his "stork"-like legs. Hurt, Mowgli walks away, not caring if they laughed, and the vultures feel sorry for him, sympathizing with him since they themselves aren't always the most popular animals in the jungle. To lift Mowgli's spirits, they sing That's What Friends Are For, accidentally giving Shere Khan enough time to discover and corner Mowgli. As Baloo holds off Shere Khan, the vultures take Mowgli to safety and then help him scare the fierce tiger away with fire. In the end, they remark how dull it's going to be without Mowgli around, and go back to wondering what they should do to pass the time.

The Jungle Book 2

The vultures once again appear in the jungle, this time accompanied by a new member, Lucky, who takes every opportunity he can get in making fun of Shere Khan. They are first seen as Shere Khan is making his way to the man village to extract revenge on Mowgli. The vultures introduce Shere Khan to Lucky who continues to make remarks until Shere Khan vanishes. Later on Lucky begins to taunt Shere Khan yet again but the Vultures, knowing Shere Khan's power, begin to worry and call Lucky back to the trees. He ignores their warnings and they begin to leave themselves until Lucky mentions Mowgli in the jungle. The vultures try to tell Shere Khan otherwise but to no avail. Right after Lucky is attacked and apparently killed the other vultures fly away in horror (though at the near the end of the film it is revealed that he survived).

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Flaps (one of the vultures) made a cameo appearance with the other Toons in a brief head shot on the left side of Cyril Proudbottom the horse during the final scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

House of Mouse

The vultures have appeared in House of Mouse. In the episode "King Larry Swings In," they are a band about to perform until they are chased out by King Louie's twin brother; King Larry.

They appear in another episode, this time as customers. Following the running gag from the first movie, one asks the other what they want to eat, only for Dizzy to tell them not to "start that again".

Mickey Mouse

Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy and Dizzy make a brief cameo appearance in the episode "Mumbai Madness" when Mickey is seen driving through the desert.

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Trivia

  • Their number, appearance, hair, look and talk are freely based on the British pop group; The Beatles. During production, the development staff had beside thoughts of the famous band to voice the four vultures. But because of an extra work planning, John Lennon declined the offer.
  • Their song "That's What Friends are For" is a barbershop-style song rather than the 60's classic rock one would expect from their Liverpool accents.
    • The reason for their song not being in the style of '60s rock is because Walt Disney thought it would be too dated.
  • Animator Will Finn used the Vultures as a reference when he animated Iago in Aladdin.
  • As shown in concept art, there would have originally been a fifth vulture named "Beaky", but he was dropped. In The Jungle Book 2, he was replaced by another Vulture named Lucky.
  • Despite being the most talkative, Ziggy has the fewest lines of all the vultures in the original film. (In fact, at one point, he speaks with Flaps's voice.)
  • The vultures are similar to The Crows from Dumbo, where they start off making fun of protagonists at their lowest lows as outcasts(Dumbo having big ears for the Crows, Mowgli having "stork-like" legs for the Vultures), and when it upsets the protagonists so badly they soon changed their attitudes and became more supportive of their respective protagonists. In Dumbo's case is due to Timothy Mouse's lecture about Dumbo's sad story, while for Mowgli's case it's the vultures' own decision to sympathize Mowgli.
  • The vultures' portrayal as allies appear to be a complete subversion of the common portrayal of vultures as villainous animals in most fictional stories.
  • In the 2016 version of the Jungle Book, vultures do appear, but unlike in the 1967 version, they are aligned with Shere Khan, following him, scavenging from his kills, and indicating his presence with screeching cries before he physically appears.


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Media

Animated Films: The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book 2 | Video
Live Action Films: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story | The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book 2
TV Series: Jungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book Groove Party | The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Wild Adventure | The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Run
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 | The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack | Mowgli's Rainy Day

Disney Parks

Animated film: Disney's Explorers Lodge | Disney Animation Building | Garden of the Twelve Friends | It's a Small World | Rhythm of the Jungle
Live action: The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
Entertainment: Animagique | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Believe | Disney's Wishes | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fantasmic! | Festival of Family & Friends | It's Party Time... with Mickey and Friends | Journey into the Jungle Book | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | One Man's Dream | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Tree of Life Awakens
Restaurants: Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters

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 Geoffrey 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

Locations

Jungle | Ancient Ruins | Man Village | India | Asia

Songs

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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