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March, march, march! My feet are killing me.
―Winifred

Winifred is an elephant and a minor character who appears in Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book. She is the mate of Colonel Hathi and the mother of their son, Hathi, Jr.

Background[]

Personality[]

Winifred is a female Indian Elephant and a member of the Jungle Patrol. Unlike most Disney mothers, Winifred is snarky and sarcastic, and she never hesitates to remind Hathi of his faults and forgetfulness. However, she is also caring and compassionate for others to the point of worrying about Mowgli's welfare, and she and their son convince Hathi to initiate a search party.

Appearances[]

The Jungle Book[]

Winifred's appearances are during the two Jungle Patrol scenes in the film. In her first appearance, she is shown marching behind Hathi most of the time. After they stop marching, she complains to the elephant standing next to her about her feet killing her from all the marching. The elephant answers that he's putting in a transfer to another herd.

She participated in drills and inspections, and Hathi even smacked her behind for her back legs not being straight. She even complains to the elephant standing next to her about Hathi launching into one of his repetitious stories about having received the Victoria Cross. After the elephant herd leaves to resume their cross-country march, she asks Hathi if he forgot something, and Hathi insists that "an elephant never forgets," and Winifred tells him that he just forgot their son, Hathi, Jr. He sees their son talking to Mowgli, and he orders an immediate about-face, and he grabs his son and scolds him. Unfortunately, all the elephants crash into each other, and his son tells him he forgot to say "Halt!"

Winifred appears later, when Bagheera interrupts the herd during their cross-country march in order to seek their help in finding Mowgli, who was lost and ran away. Bagheera also tells Hathi that Shere Khan, the tiger returned to their part of the jungle, and he was sure to pick up his trail. Hathi refuses to help, and this angers Winifred and their son into breaking ranks in order to set him straight. She calls Hathi "a pompous old windbag," and she asks Hathi how he would like to have their son lost and alone in the jungle, and Hathi tells her that's an entirely different matter. Winifred answers that Mowgli is no different from their own son, and she tells Hathi to help find Mowgli or she's taking over command, and Hathi is shocked and says that a female leading his herd is utterly preposterous. Their son then tells Hathi that he and Mowgli are friends, and he'll get hurt if they don't find him, and this convinces Hathi to help find Mowgli.

Jungle Cubs[]

Winifred appears as a supporting character in the film's prequel series Jungle Cubs. In this series, Winifred is a young, domesticated elephant who has been separated from her herd by a fire. She meets Hathi soon after. In a lead up to the first film, the young Hathi develops a crush on her. It is also shown that she used to have a mop of brown hair just like their son. She appears only twice in both seasons and in the second season, her hair is a darker brown color and more clean.

She also appears as an adult in the international VHS release of Jungle Cubs: Once Upon a Vine, recalling the events of her meeting with Hathi in "Hathi Meets His Match".

Cameos[]

In Fantasia 2000, an elephant that is believed to resemble Winifred makes a cameo along with another elephant that is believed to be Colonel Hathi during the "Pomp and Circumstance" segment of the film.

Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • Verna Felton, Winifred's original voice actress, also voiced The Elephant Matriarch and Mrs. Jumbo in Dumbo, which were her first two Disney roles. Ironically, Winifred was also Felton's final acting role ever, due to her death before the film was released (a day before Walt Disney), therefore bringing her entire acting career at Disney full circle.
  • Winifred is not present in the original Rudyard Kipling novel. The character was conceived entirely by Disney for the film.
  • Elephants have a matriarchal society, so Winifred's threat of taking over command from Hathi is legitimate.
  • In the Finnish 1993 and French dubs of the film, her first two lines ("March, march, march... my feet are killing me!" and "Here it comes... the Victoria Cross bit again...") are erroneously voiced by male voice actors, presumably due to those aforementioned dubs mistaking her as one of the male elephants. The rest of her lines in both dubs are voiced by women, after being established as Hathi's wife.


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Media
Films: The Jungle Book (soundtrack/video) • The Jungle Book 2 (video) • Rudyard Kipling'sMowgli's Story2016 Live-action Film (soundtrack/video) • Sequel Film

Shows: Jungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book Groove PartyThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Wild AdventureThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's RunDisney Classic Games CollectionDisney Speedstorm
Books: More Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli

Disney Parks
Animated film: Country Bear Musical JamboreeDisney'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 & FriendsHakuna Matata Time Dance PartyIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsJourney into the Jungle BookMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Rivers of Light: We Are OneSuper Duper Jumpin' TimeThe Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure
Restaurants: Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Adventure Friends CavalcadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterMickey's Mix MagicMomentousTree of Life Awakens
Summer: Adventure is Out There!The Jungle Book Jive
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

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

Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui
Sequel: RanjanRanjan's FatherMessuaShanti's MotherLucky
Rudyard Kipling's: Grey BrotherNathooKitty BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaiborneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyBuldeoTabaquiLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainDholesWinifred's UncleMcCoyDictator TurtleWhitehood
Mowgli's Story: Li'l RakshaChilBiranyiTarzan Chimp
2016 film: IkkiMr. PangolinGiant SquirrelFred the Pygmy HogMowgli's Father
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 Tale 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"

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: Mowgli's Story: "The Monkey Time"
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"
Deleted: "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" • "I've Got You Beat" • "Braver"

See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare NecessitiesTaleSpinDisney's Jungle BoogieMowgli and Baloo's Jungle Jams
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