Eleven prototypes were built and used for road-testing in environments ranging from Saharan Mauritania to Lapland , as well as for crash-testing. The car was built in Matra's factory in the commune of Romorantin-Lanthenay in the department of Loir-et-Cher in central France.
Rather than being sold under its development code name, the car took its name from the character in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The Bagheera was unveiled to the press at an event held at Lake Annecy on April 14, The public release of the car took place at the 24 Heures du Mans. At the same time Simca had arranged to have yellow Bagheeras available at their dealers across France.
Towards the end of , production levels had reached 65 cars per day. The initial shape of the car was drawn by Jean Toprieux and later refined by Jacques Nochet. Greek designer Antonis Volanis joined the project and contributed to the interior, handling the instrument panel and steering wheel shapes. The body's shape was that of a sleek hatchback with hidden headlights.
The rear hatch opened to access the engine mounted behind the passenger compartment and a rear luggage space. The 19 panels that made up the Bagheera's body were made of fiberglass -reinforced polyester , which were then attached to the chassis.
The chassis was fabricated of pressed steel. While it has been called a space-frame it more closely resembled a unitary body. The shapes of some pieces were simplified to accommodate the low production numbers that the car was built in. The front suspension was from the Simca An anti-roll bar was fitted at the front as well. The rear of the M prototype used the same type of suspension as the front, moved rearward along with the engine and transaxle.
This proved unsatisfactory and so the final production cars received a new system that comprised new trailing arms designed by Matra with transverse torsion bars and telescopic shock-absorbers. An anti-roll bar was also fitted at the rear. The only engine offered at first was the 1, cc Being too relaxed and comfortable to resist further, Mowgli begins to fall into a trance but not before attempting to call Bagheera for help.
Kaa silences the boy by tugging his neck, making him gulp. Fortunately, Bagheera hears this and wakes up just in time to save Mowgli's life and snap him out of the trance. Angered by this, Kaa hypnotizes Bagheera to a trance but is pushed off the tree branch by Mowgli, who then slaps his mentor's face repeatedly until he wakes up.
Kaa vows to capture Mowgli, who laughs at the snake as he slithers away. Bagheera humorously notes the irony of Mowgli being nearly eaten right after insisting he can take care of himself, but the embarrassed man-cub is still adamant on staying the jungle. Not wanting to argue, Bagheera tells Mowgli to go to sleep.
The next morning, the duo are awakened by an earthquake, which was caused by a platoon of marching elephants led by Colonel Hathi. Although Bagheera is annoyed by this, Mowgli is enthusiastic about what he believes is a parade and investigates.
Bagheera believes there is no harm in letting Mowgli satisfy his curiosity and so he does not intervene, though he is quickly proven wrong when Mowgli enters an argument with Hathi. Hathi calms down and resumes his march while Bagheera and Mowgli continue their journey. However, Mowgli becomes more stubborn and refuses to leave the jungle, leading to an argument between the two and prompts Bagheera to drag the man-cub to the village by force only to accidentally fall into a nearby river after Mowgli pushes him away with his feet.
The panther becomes fed up with Mowgli's rebellious behavior and storms off to cool down for a while, leaving the man-cub to wander the jungle alone. Soon, however, Bagheera realizes his mistake when he hears a loud roar not far from where he left the boy and runs to his aid. He reaches the man-cub, but sees him bonding with Baloo the bear. Thinking Baloo is a bad influence on Mowgli, Bagheera declares that there is no time to fool around as the boy must go to the Man Village as soon as possible.
However, Baloo takes Mowgli's side, not seeing why the boy cannot stay in the jungle, and promises to take care of him. Baffled, Bagheera chooses to leave Mowgli in Baloo's care, hoping the bear will see for himself that taking care of Mowgli is easier said than done. Sure enough, Bagheera is called for assistance by Baloo. Although he learns the situation is worse than he thought when Baloo tells him they were ambushed by the bandar-log , who kidnapped Mowgli and are taking him to King Louie as they speak.
Baloo and Bagheera arrive at the ancient ruins and witness the mad ape-king trying to persuade Mowgli into giving him the secret of fire. Baloo distracts the monkeys while Bagheera attempts to rescue Mowgli. Unfortunately, Baloo's cover is blown and the bandar-log attacks him, Bagheera and Mowgli.
A battle ensues, resulting in a whole building collapsing which gives the trio the time they need to escape, albeit with a few bruises. Baloo takes full responsibility for the incident, but remains unconvinced until Bagheera mentions the threat posed by Shere Khan, as he hates all humans, guns and fire, especially Mowgli, and will promise to kill Mowgli.
Baloo then realizes how irresponsible he has been and reluctantly agrees to take Mowgli to the Man Village the first thing in the morning. The next morning, Bagheera hears Baloo calling for Mowgli. Bagheera comes to find that Mowgli ran away, having felt betrayed by Baloo. They both rush off the find Mowgli separately. During the search, Bagheera runs into Colonel Hathi and his patrol.
After a while, Bagheera is able to convince Hathi to help him search for the man-cub with the help of Hathi's mate, Winifred. Unbeknownst to all of them, Shere Khan, who had been hunting a deer, is nearby and overhears their conversation.
Now aware of Mowgli's presence in the jungle and that he is lost and helpless, the tiger begins tracking him down. Bagheera spends many hours looking for Mowgli, but does not find him until he hears the battle between Shere Khan, Mowgli, Baloo, and a group of vultures. The panther arrives when the battle has been won and sees Mowgli trying to revive Baloo's motionless body on the ground. Believing Baloo to be dead, Bagheera comforts the boy and eulogizes the bear, who slowly begins to wake up.
Mowgli blames himself for Baloo's apparent demise and is about to follow Bagheera to the Man Village when Baloo, touched by the panther's eulogy, reveals himself to be alive when he calls for more.
Bagheera is annoyed, going so far as to call the bear a fraud, but Mowgli is overjoyed and the trio head into the jungle. Upon reaching the edge of the jungle, the trio hears an angelic voice in the distance which catches Mowgli's attention and prompts him to investigate its source, which turns out to be a beautiful young girl collecting water from a river flowing in front of the Man Village.
Mowgli becomes fascinated and climbs up the tree above her for a better look. Baloo tries to stop the man-cub but Bagheera gleefully tells him to let the boy go. Once Mowgli is directly above the girl, he loses his balance when a branch snaps and he falls into the river where he is easily noticed by the girl. The curious young maiden lures the boy into the village, hoping to get to know more about the stranger. At the village entrance, however, Mowgli looks uncertain at his guardians.
Baloo begs Mowgli to come back to live in the jungle, having convinced himself that Mowgli can survive in it after all, while Bagheera encourages Mowgli to keep following the girl. Ultimately, Mowgli chooses the village and begins his new life. Baloo is noticeably disappointed that Mowgli chose the girl and the village over him and the jungle but Bagheera is not surprised as the boy obviously could not resist his own nature, or his inevitable manhood, no matter how hard he tried and declares that Mowgli is finally where he belongs.
Baloo realizes he is right and enthusiastically suggests they head back to where they belong. Having gained respect for Baloo, Bagheera loosens up and the two sing "Bare Necessities" while strolling into the jungle. In the second film, Bagheera's role is not as big. He playfully toys with Mowgli by wrapping his tail around the boy's wrist and ankle to stop him leaving much to the man-cub's annoyance , as he tries to convince him that he wants to help him. The skeptical Mowgli frees his wrist only to have the tail immediately catch him by his ankle.
The boy struggles to untangle his ankle while telling Kaa that he has no reason to trust him after their previous encounter, but Kaa insists that he has come to sympathize with him and has since had a change of heart. Kaa tells Mowgli he intends to protect him so he can stay in the jungle. Mowgli remains skeptical but out of curiosity he lowers his defences and asks the snake how he plans to keep his word.
Kaa keeps his plan ambiguous, making the offer on the condition he first has the man-cub's absolute trust while pressing his forehead to Mowgli's. Mowgli's eyes momentarily widen , bu he turns away from the snake, saying he doesn't trust anyone anymore. However, Kaa manages to trick Mowgli into letting his guard down by blindfolding him with a makeshift turban from his coils, insisting he is not like his friends who supposedly betrayed him.
The man-cub struggles to push him off his head, only to gaze directly into Kaa's eyes. With no time to react and unable to look away, Mowgli is successfully hypnotized once again. Kaa sings "Trust in Me" to him, toying with the helpless boy while having him sleepwalk on his coils high above the jungle floor.
Kaa then rocks Mowgli in a makeshift hammock of coils, before balancing him on his tail tip. Satisfied his prey is deeply asleep, he slides the hypnotized man-cub back into his coils and wraps him up ready for eating.
Knowing the tiger is looking for Mowgli, Kaa is forced to hide the sleeping boy in the branches above. Kaa pretends to act surprised by the tiger's visit and tells him that he was merely singing to himself to sleep off sinus troubles. The snake tries to trick Shere Khan into letting his guard down in order to hypnotize him as he did with Mowgli, but the tiger is unsympathetic and nonchalantly resists the hypnosis before shoving his head to the ground. They are then interrupted by Mowgli's snoring above them, convincing Shere Khan that Kaa is hiding something and inspects his coils.
Kaa uses his cunning to hide the man-cub while showing the tiger his seemingly empty coils, convincing Shere Khan that he does not have Mowgli. Khan leaves to continue the search, but not before threatening Kaa to inform him before anyone else should he happen to come across the man-cub. Once he is out of earshot, Kaa shivers in disgust of the tiger's sadism, inadvertently causing his coils to unravel around Mowgli and wake him from the trance.
Kaa takes a moment to pity Mowgli for being targetted by the tiger for no good reason, but quickly dismisses the thought once he remembers his own intentions. Licking his lips and relishing the thought of his hypnotized man-cub supper waiting in the branches, he does not notice Mowgli climbing out of his coils. Mowgli is able to push Kaa's coils off the branch and the snake is dragged to the ground once again.
On the ground, Mowgli confronts Kaa and accused him of lying, which he wasn't. Kaa, assuring Mowgli that it's like what he said, that he indeed cannot trust anyone, attacks him but is once again stopped by a knot in his tail getting caught in a bamboo cluster. Mowgli flees from Kaa as fast as he can, leaving the snake to express his animosity toward the boy. Despite his second humiliating defeat, however, Kaa apparently gives up trying to catch him as he slithers off to lick his wounds.
Kaa returned once again as the secondary antagonist but plays a relatively smaller role in the sequel than he did in the film and his name isn't even used at all. One night, Kaa appears when Mowgli meets up with Baloo near the beginning of the film. Like before, Kaa attempts to eat Mowgli but faces many accidents and injuries as he pursues them.
Mowgli and Baloo remain unaware of Kaa's presence, and the two walk away unharmed. Kaa angrily states that he never wants to see another man-cub again, but changes his mind after he comes across the young girl Shanti, who unknowingly burns Kaa's tail with a torch while searching for her friend Mowgli in the jungle. Licking his lips surreptitiously, Kaa lurks in the trees above the girl in order to frighten her and surprise her when the time is right.
By the time Kaa manages to corner her, Shanti realizes that someone is stalking her and frighteningly asks who it is. Kaa then finally reveals himself and as Shanti lacks survival skills, she falls easily for Kaa's trick, looking directly into his eyes and gives a blissful smile when the hypnosis starts taking effect, putting her in a trance immediately. Kaa inquires whether Shanti is lost, stroking her hair before making her nod her head in agreement.
Slithering around his victim, Kaa asks Shanti if she's hungry. Nuzzling her cheek, Kaa whispers into Shanti's ear that he is starving, gloating about the girl's impending doom. The snake makes Shanti step on top of a boulder and positions her to be devoured. Shanti looks up at Kaa vacantly as he hovered above her, preparing to strike.
Fortunately, Ranjan saves Shanti's life by pulling her away from Kaa's jaws just as the snake was about to eat her, making him swallow the boulder Shanti was standing on instead. Shanti falls to the ground and snaps out of the trance as Ranjan mercilessly beats up Kaa with a stick. Kaa flees from Ranjan and tries to slither down a hill but the weight of the boulder causes him to tumble down until he hits a coconut tree.
Kaa laments over his humiliating defeat but is suddenly encountered by Shere Khan in his search for Mowgli, who mocks the snake until he hears him vent his frustration over a man-cub.
Shere Khan interrogates him, thinking he is referring to Mowgli and demands information about his whereabouts. The panther becomes fed up with Mowgli's rebellious behavior and abandons him. Mowgli wanders further into the jungle, reflecting on his love for his home and his unwillingness to leave it. He stops and sits down by a boulder to lament on his situation alone. Suddenly Mowgli encounters Baloo, the laid-backed upbeat sloth bear, who investigates the boy. The annoyed Mowgli strikes Baloo and angrily tells him to leave him alone.
Suspecting the boy is having a bad day, Baloo tries to cheer him up. Mowgli then loses his temper and poorly attempts to fight off Baloo. Baloo takes pity on the boy and decides to teach him how to fight instead.
The lesson includes teaching him how to intimidate his opponent by roaring like a bear, but as Mowgli was raised by wolves, he only knows how to growl. Baloo is not satisfied with this and roars at the boy to give him a demonstration. The ferocious roar of Baloo is heard by Bagheera not too far away and the worried panther rushes to Mowgli's aid. When he finds Baloo and Mowgli wrestling, Bagheera learns that Mowgli plans on staying with Baloo in the jungle, and storms off again.
As the two continue to bond, Mowgli becomes fascinated with Baloo's way of life and wishes to be a part of it. While floating down the river, Baloo tells Mowgli that the key to maintaining a carefree life is to go with the flow and let nature provide him with all he needs.
Meanwhile, the Bandar-log spot the man-cub and suddenly they grab his foot and pull him up to the trees above where they humiliate the boy by swinging and throwing him around. Baloo attempts to save Mowgli but the monkeys taunt the bear by throwing fruits at him and push him down a hill. Once they have had enough, they carry the boy away to the ancient ruins where he meets King Louie, the orangutan leader of the Bandar-log. The mad ape gives the man-cub a royal welcome to his kingdom, though Mowgli proves to be feisty and demands to be released at once.
Louie assures the boy that there is no need for hostilities as he offers him refreshments and lets him sit on his throne, allowing Mowgli to make himself comfortable. Mowgli decides to play along for now and asks why he was kidnapped, to which Louie replies that he heard rumors of the man-cub being sent to the Man Village against his will and as such he wishes to make a deal with the boy; he will make sure Mowgli gets to stay in the jungle in exchange for teaching him how to make fire.
Although the offer intrigues Mowgli, he cannot fulfill his part of the bargain as he was not raised by humans and thus lacks the knowledge of creating fire. Though Louie believes the boy is merely being shy and tries to warm up to him more in hopes of learning the secret.
The bandar-log organize a party to amuse the boy in hopes of winning him over, tempting Mowgli with a luxurious life among his primate cousins. Mowgli begins to like King Louie until Baloo and Bagheera arrive at the scene to rescue him. Louie reveals his true colors by attempting to prevent Mowgli from leaving and the man-cub turns against him and the bandar-log as a result.
A battle ensues, resulting in a large portion of the ancient palace being destroyed. The trio escape the destruction with a few bruises and find a safe place to stay for the night. That night, when Mowgli has fallen asleep, Bagheera chastises Baloo for his irresponsibility that has put the man-cub in danger and hopes the day's events were enough for him to see the need for Mowgli to leave the wild.
Although Baloo takes full responsibility for the incident, he naively insists it was a simple mistake and that he will be more careful next time. Bagheera then discusses the seriousness of the situation and tries to make Baloo see that the jungle has nothing to offer Mowgli as it was never meant to be his home. Baloo remains unconvinced until Bagheera mentions the threat posed by Shere Khan, at which point Baloo realizes that Mowgli's safety must be prioritized and agrees to take him to the Man Village.
As Mowgli wakes up in the morning, Baloo reluctantly tries to convince the boy that he must go back to the Man Village. Shocked, Mowgli runs away from the bear, feeling hurt and betrayed. Wandering the jungle with nowhere to go, Mowgli stops to sit down under a tree only to be hoisted up into the tree by Kaa.
Having made good on his promise to catch the boy, the snake puts up an innocent front. Kaa attempts to hypnotize him, but Mowgli has learned from his last encounter and is wary of the snake's stare. Highly suspicious, Mowgli stubbornly tries to get away until Kaa offers his help. Curiosity gets the better of Mowgli, and he lowers his guard when Kaa teases he could see to it that he would never have to leave the jungle on the condition that the boy give him his trust.
Mowgli is tempted by the offer, but refuses and pulls away stating he does not trust anyone anymore. Kaa blindfolds Mowgli with a makeshift turban from his coils, feigning sympathy and claiming to not be more trustworthy than Mowgli's friends who abandoned him. Mowgli struggles to free himself but when he does, he finds himself staring directly into Kaa's eyes with no time to react.
Mowgli is successfully hypnotized once again, falling into a trance after only a few seconds. Kaa proceeds to toy with the helpless man-cub, having him sleepwalk on his coils while he sings to him a song about his promise to keep him safe. Mowgli obediently follows Kaa's commands, trusting the snake completely as he sleepwalks on the coils. When the trance gives way to a deep and peaceful sleep, Kaa proceeds to slide the boy into a cocoon of coils as he prepares to eat him.
Ironically, Mowgli is saved by the intervention of Shere Khan. Mowgli remains asleep throughout their exchange, but fortunately he awakens when Kaa shivers in disgust of Shere Khan's immoral ways. Furious, Mowgli shoves Kaa's coils off the branch once more sending the snake tumbling to the ground.
Mowgli angrily confronts Kaa, but the snake simply states that the boy was right: He cannot trust anyone. Kaa attempts to coil Mowgli but his tail gets caught between a bamboo cluster, giving the man-cub the opportunity to flee. At his lowest low, Mowgli finds himself in the wasteland part of the jungle, where a pack of comical vultures reside. They begin to mock Mowgli because of his bizarre appearance, driving him to tears. Seeing how depressed Mowgli is, the vultures apologize for their behavior and try to cheer him up.
When Mowgli states that his friends and family have rejected him, the vultures begin to empathize with him and assure him that they know exactly how it feels to be cast out. To prove their sincerity, they offer the boy a spot in their group as an honorary vulture. Mowgli appreciates the offer but turns it down out of fear of being rejected again.
However, the vultures refuse to give up on the boy and convince him how valuable friendship is and Mowgli's faith in companionship is restored. Just then, Shere Khan appears and threatens Mowgli, who refuses to back down. Impressed by his courage, Shere Khan gives him a head start but Mowgli refuses to play his game and picks up a heavy branch to defend himself. Shere Khan lunges towards Mowgli, who was filled with fear as he finally realizes how truly dangerous the tiger is.
Fortunately, Baloo arrives just in time to restrain Shere Khan and tells Mowgli to flee. Instead of fleeing and leaving Baloo to suffer the tiger's wrath, Mowgli shrugs off his fear and hits Shere Khan several times in his face with the branch in hopes of knocking him out. Enraged, Shere Khan ignores Baloo and pursues the man-cub, prompting Baloo to implore the vultures to help the boy.
As the vultures grab Mowgli and carry him to safety, Shere Khan unleashes his fury on Baloo until he is seemingly dead. The tide turns when a bolt of lightning strikes a nearby tree, putting one of the branches on fire. The vultures inform Mowgli that Shere Khan's greatest fear is fire and because Mowgli is human, he is able to exploit Shere Khan's weakness through his mastery over fire.
As the vultures distract the tiger, Mowgli takes the burning branch and ties it to Shere Khan's tail. The tiger panics, and desperately tries to put out the fire but to no avail. Shere Khan is defeated and flees the area. Mowgli rushes over to Baloo's motionless body and tries to wake him up. Bagheera arrives and realizes what has happened. Bagheera presumes that Baloo's sacrifice cost him his life and explains this to Mowgli. Mowgli begins to mourn the loss of his friend as Bagheera comforts him and assures the man-cub that Baloo will be remembered for his bravery.
Nevertheless, Mowgli blames himself for Baloo's demise and is about to follow Bagheera to the Man Village just as Baloo regains consciousness and reveals to be alive. Mowgli is overjoyed and embraces the bear. As the trio wander into the edge of the jungle, Baloo praises Mowgli for his courage and is convinced that he can survive in the jungle after all. Just then, Mowgli hears an angelic voice in the distance and investigates its source. Bagheera states that they have arrived at the Man Village, but Mowgli is more interested in the incredibly beautiful girl singing as she emerges from the village entrance.
The amazed Mowgli observes the girl fantasizing about her future while collecting water from the river, and climbs up the tree above her for a better look.
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