How It Almost Ended:
In the wisely shelved eight-minute alternate ending, Mowgli approaches the village when Buldeo, a crazy man, tries to on blow Mowgli's brains out TWICE, all while claiming that Mowgli is a shapeshifter. Three months later (no, seriously), Mowgli calls Buldeo out for falsely claiming to have killed Shere Khan. Buldeo responds to this the only way he knows: by trying to shoot a child. A child he's now known personally for three months. In broad daylight. In public. Mowgli's parents do nothing to Buldeo about this second murder attempt, and don't believe Mowgli about Shere Khan. And we're still. Not. Done.
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So now that village life is ten times suckier and more dangerous than jungle life, Mowgli grabs a torch and steals away to live with the animals again. Then, for some reason, he rampages through the jungle, terrorizing animals with fire, picking a fight with his wolf dad, and challenging Shere Khan to battle. Mowgli then changes his mind, calls him a few names, and runs away. Remember, this was all meant to have happened after The Jungle Book movie that we already know was finished.