I saw the Jungle Book II today. John Goodman voices Baloo and does a passable Phil Harris imitation. Phil Harris was born and raised in Indiana but always made a career like he was a Southerner (His signature song was “That’s What I Like About the South.” IMDB)
Anyway : As Harris voices Baloo – where is Baloo “coming from”?
Is he supposed to be an Eisenhower jazz hipster? A southerner who loves speakeasy bluesy stuff … Is he supposed to be a Jackie Gleason-like/ratpacker 60’s era Vegas guy with an accent? How about a 40’s big band swinger (which Harris was too) …
I’m not sure what he is supposed to be but it is driving me crazy.