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Rocky the Rhino is a visually-challenged Indian rhinoceros who was dropped from the 1967 film The Jungle Book. He was to appear in the vulture sequence and would have been voiced by Frank Fontaine. He was to be animated by Milt Kahl before the character was ultimately dropped from the story.

He was eventually used in the 2016 live action adaptation of The Jungle Book.

Development

Rocky did not appear in the original book, but was based on an antagonistic unnamed rhino that appeared in Bill Peet's initial treatment of the film. The rhino would try to kill Mowgli but Mowgli and Bagheera escaped him and he crashed into various objects instead. When Peet was fired from Disney, Larry Clemmons was asked to do the story for the film, and made the rhino more comical and named him Rocky.

Appearances

The Jungle Book (1967)

Rocky was to be friends with the Vultures. When Mowgli met the Vultures, the Vultures would make Rocky fight Mowgli once the man-cub accidentally woke him up, but Mowgli beat Rocky by making him crash into a rock and break his horn. As Mowgli was about to leave, Rocky and the Vultures would sing That's What Friends are For to him. Rocky would probably then help Mowgli, Baloo, and the Vultures fight Shere Khan.

Rocky was deleted from the film because Walt Disney felt there was already enough action in the film with the Bandar-log and the Vultures.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Rocky had a much smaller role in that film, where he was at the water hole with his wife and daughter Raquel.

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Trivia

  • Many of Rocky's traits were recycled into the Rhino Guards and executioner from Robin Hood. One of the guards even crashed into a rock failing to catch Lady Kluck, just like Rocky did in failing to attack Mowgli.
  • Some pictures show Rocky having a little bird friend. Not much is known about the bird, but it can be assumed to have served as Rocky's conscience, similar to Timothy Q. Mouse and Jiminy Cricket and that it was a Mynah, which is a bird seen feeding off of Indian Rhinos.
  • In Jungle Cubs, there are several rhinos that looks very similar to Rocky. One can be seen in Season One's intro and the episode "How the Panther Lost His Roar". Unlike Rocky, however, this rhino in the show was a threat to the cubs. In the episode "Splendor in the Mud", Winifred's herd encounters a mother rhino with a calf (possibly Rocky) that threatened the herd to get out of her way and knocked Winifred's uncle over. Another rhino resembling Rocky (only with a small, round jaw) shows up in "The Great Kaadini". A herd of rhinos resembling Rocky appear in the episode “A Tale of Two Tails” in which Cecil and Arthur try to trick them into trampling Shere Khan and Kaa, but end up trampling the two vultures instead.


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Media
Animated Films: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book 2Video

Live Action Films: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's StoryThe Jungle BookThe Jungle Book 2
TV Series: Jungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book Groove PartyThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Wild AdventureThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Run
Music: SoundtrackMore Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli
Books: Big Golden BookClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookJungle Book AdventureThe Strength of the Wolf is the PackMowgli's Rainy Day

Disney Parks
Animated film: Disney's Explorers LodgeDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldRhythm of the Jungle

Live action: Disney Movie MagicThe Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's BelieveDisney's WishesDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Festival of Family & FriendsIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsJourney into the Jungle BookLa Forêt de l'Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnSuper Duper Jumpin' Time
Restaurants: Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
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Firework: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterTree of Life Awakens
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters
Original: MowgliBalooBagheeraKing LouieShere KhanKaaColonel HathiWinifredHathi, Jr.Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzyAkelaRamaShantiRakshaWolf PupsWolf CouncilJungle PatrolFlunkeyBandar-log

Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui
Sequel: RanjanRanjan's fatherMessuaShanti's motherLucky
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Grey BrotherNathooKitty BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaibourneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyBuldeoTabaquiLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraBenny and ClydeNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainDholesWinifred's UncleMcCoyDictator TurtleWhitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry

Locations
JungleAncient RuinsMan VillageIndiaAsia
Episodes
Season One: "A Night in the Wasteland" • "How the Panther Lost His Roar / The Humans Must Be Crazy" • "Hathi Meets His Match / Buffaloed" • "Mondo Mungo / Bare Necessities" • "Who Wants to Be a Baboon?" • "Red Dogs" • "The Great Kaadini" • "Hulla Baloo / Shere Bliss" • "Treasure of the Middle Jungle" • "Feather Brains / Benny & Clyde" • "Splendor in the Mud" • "Trouble in the Jungle / Fool Me Once..." • "The Coming of the Wolves"

Season Two: "The Ape Who Would Be King" • "Trunks for the Memories / Kasaba Ball" • "Hathi's Makeover / Curse of the Magnificent Melon" • "The Five Bananas / Birthday Snake" • "Old Green Teeth / The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" • "Hair Ball / A Tail of Two Tails" • "Waiting for Baloo / Tree for Two" • "Nice Tiger / Sleepless in the Jungle"

Songs
Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" • "The Bare Necessities" • "I Wan'na 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" • "Everything's Gonna Be Right with the World"
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 NecessitiesWho Framed Roger RabbitTaleSpinHouse of MouseDisney's Jungle Boogie


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