“It’s Xerography, man. You better believe it!”

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September 6, 2022

Written by: Jim Smith

Baloo the bear is one of the largest sidekicks in Disney animation. He is also one of the swinging-est. As one of The Jungle Book’s two residents charged with guiding Mowgli the man-cub to safety, the freewheeling Baloo is the polar opposite of Bagheera the nervous panther.  It is exactly this element of fun and style that endears audiences to Baloo from the moment he dances onto the screen.

Image: Disney

But, hmmmm… Does Baloo look (and sound) somewhat familiar to another Disney bear sidekick? Thanks to the animation process of Xerography developed by Disney Legend Ub Iwerks, Baloo’s wobbly strut was able to translate into an entirely new character in a future animated film. 

For this trivia question – can you tell me which other Disney bear was literally “Xeroxed” from Baloo?

Take your best guess, then click on Baloo to see the answer.

Click Baloo for the answer!

Get the skinny on Baloo and many other favorite Disney sidekicks here.

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