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Kaa's Hunting

By kenket
"The moon sets," Kaa said. "Is there yet light enough to see?"
From the walls came a moan like the wind in the tree-tops— "We see, O Kaa."
"Good. Begins now the dance—the Dance of the Hunger of Kaa. Sit still and watch."

Kaa and the Bandar-log (c) Rudyard Kipling
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SpicyNoodleArt's avatar

This piece is beyond legendary. Well done

Applejack2307's avatar
Awesssssssssssssome sssssssssssssssssnake !
SilentViperFanPL's avatar
Interesting art. Too bad I almost completely already forgot the plot of this book. I'm not even sure if I read it.
GuesssWho9's avatar
Holy shit, someone else who actually READ the Jungle Books!

We be of one blood, thou and I.
SpicyNoodleArt's avatar

We be one blood, brother!

MaleVolentSamSon's avatar
I wish that Kaa is a female breed, IMO.
Thorberg22's avatar
SmuglyOtaku's avatar
There's a Russian adaptation of the book (which is actually the closest to the book) where Bageera is a girl and it works, kaa as a girl, no, just doesn't work
Thorberg22's avatar
I know, I've seen that one.
MaleVolentSamSon's avatar
Because there is one time, during the production in The Jungle Book remake, Jon Favreau said the change was a deliberate one, as he felt there were too many male characters in animated version.

That a fact though because in real life, female breed Pythons are high in popularity from India than the male breed.
Thorberg22's avatar
There are also almost predominantly male characters in the Lord of the Rings books and lacked racial diversity, does that mean Peter Jackson should have made Gandalf a female character and made Samwise a black person? Jon Favreau's argument was BS. He just wanted an excuse to cast Scarlett Johansson for marketing profits and because she happens to be a personal friend of his. Kaa was just a shoehorned plot device with the personality of a blank page anyway and had no effect on the plot.
If you ask me, if there was anyone that should have been female, it should have been Bagheera. He is already female in many translations of the books (and I guess the 1967 Soviet animated version really popularized the concept) and he was very warm, caring and empathetic and had a very honeyed voice and was kind of a "motherly" figure to Mowgli. It certainly would be something else than the self-inflated babysitter we got in the Disney remake.

Also, female pythons are not more popular in India. Or any place for that matter, especially since the sexual dimorphism is hard to spot on pythons (though female snakes are usually slightly longer than males. If I'm not mistaken, male Indian pythons usually grow about 10 ft while females usually are about 12 ft. But Kaa was 30 ft long in the books and was able to hypnotize and was more than 100 years old, so the character isn't exactly grounded to reality). In fact, from what I've heard, males are a pretty popular choice since they tend to be more gentle than females, while females tend to be pretty impatient and aggressive, especially during mating seasons.
fredgerd's avatar
Someone who actually knows Kaa wasn't a villain! Thank you! Great piece btw, really captures that scene from the book.
kaaslave's avatar
This scene always seemed darkly erotic to me for some reason...
Dinoal188's avatar
I need to read this!
Lionblaze03's avatar
this is awesome!!! I just read this in school lol
Z0mb3xor's avatar
I always did prefer the version of Kaa that was true to the books. This Disney Villain crap is annoying
EliBurrySchnepp's avatar
I always imagined him to be bigger, though, since he says he's hundreds if not thousands of years old and snakes never stop growing
Tyrannuss555's avatar
You should see Scarlett johansson's kaa in the new trailer
Thorberg22's avatar
They made him way too big in that one. I wasn't sure if it was a python or a titanoboa.
EliBurrySchnepp's avatar
The size is the only good thing about that. WHY IS HE (or she, I guess) A VILLAIN AGAIN!? :(
EliBurrySchnepp's avatar
The book Kaa was so badass!
The first jungle book movie Kaa looks like some kind of Mutant Frog thing.
Man-Child's avatar
Disney is making *another* "Jungle Book" movie that won't be based on the actual stories by Kipling.  And Kaa is going to be a villain again.

If someone somewhere would make a movie or TV show that was actually true to the actual stories I believe it would be a huge hit.  Most people know of "The Jungle Book" only from Disney.  What a shame!

Disney told his crew to throw Kipling's book away when making the '67 movie and that's what everyone has done every since.  I think he had a problem with snakes as good guys.

But anyway, this is an **excellent** depiction of the events in "Kaa's Hunting."  The book is full of great scenes that could be pictured like this.
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