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Background information
Feature films The Jungle Book
Fantasia 2000
Television programs Jungle Cubs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators John Lounsbery
Voice Verna Felton (original)
Kath Soucie (Jungle Cubs)
Jane Withers ("Jungle Cubs: Once Upon a Vine")
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Old Girl (by Hathi)
Personality Sweet, snarky, sarcastic, direct in speech, caring, motherly
Appearance Grey with a mop of brown hair (as a child)
Slightly obese (as an adult)
Home Jungle
Relatives Unnamed male elephant (uncle)
Allies Colonel Hathi, Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo
Minions Jungle Patrol
Enemies Shere Khan
Likes Her family, helping those in needs
Dislikes Her husband's pigheadedness, marching
Powers and abilities Strength
Weapons Trunk
Quote "March, march, march! My feet are killing me."

Winifred is an elephant and a minor character who appears in Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book. She is the wife of Colonel Hathi.



Winifred is a female Indian Elephant. She is Colonel Hathi's wife and a member of the jungle patrol. Unlike many mothers seen in Disney films, Winifred is snarky and sarcastic, never hesitating to remind Hathi of his faults. However, she is shown to be caring for others, caring enough for the lost Mowgli's welfare that she is willing to convince her husband to initiate a search party for the man-cub. Together, she and her husband have one son, Hathi, Jr., who comes to be friends with Mowgli.


The Jungle Book[]

Winifred's appearances are during the two Jungle Patrol scenes in the film. In her first appearance, she is shown to march behind Hathi most of the time. However, upon stopping, she complains to a neighboring elephant about how her feet are aching due to her husband's constant marching. She participates in the inspection and is reprimanded for her back legs not being straight. She later complains to the same neighboring elephant about Hathi launching into one of his repetitious stories about having received the Victoria Cross.

After the elephant herd leaves to resume their patrol, she asks Hathi if he's forgotten anything. Though the pompous Hathi insists he never forgets, Winifred notes that he's forgotten their son. Hathi orders an immediate about-face and goes to scold his son for not leaving with the group. However, the rest of the herd, still marching, crashed into them.

Winifred appears later when Bagheera stops the herd in order to seek their help in finding Mowgli, who has run away. Hathi initially refuses, angering Winifred into breaking ranks in order to set him straight. She calls Hathi a "pompous old windbag", and compares Mowgli to their own son, whom Hathi would most certainly search for if lost. Hathi claims that it's an entirely different matter, but Winifred says that Mowgli is no different from their son. She threatens to overthrow Hathi and take over command if Hathi refuses to help in the search, much to Hathi's shock and disbelief, who finds a female leading his herd preposterous. However, combined with an appeal from their son, this convinces Hathi to help. Winifred is not seen individually after this, but it can be assumed she assisted the herd in the search.

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. Soon after, she meets Hathi. 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 her 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".


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.


The Disney Wiki and Disney Fan Fiction Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Winifred.


  • 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 full circle.
  • Winifred is not present in the original Rudyard Kipling novel. The character was conceived entirely by Disney for the film.
  • Winifred's threat of taking control of the herd is actually a legitimate claim, since in real life, elephants have a matriarchal society.
  • In the French and Finnish 1993 dubs, 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. The rest of her lines in both dubs are voiced by women, after being established as Hathi's wife.

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Animated Films: The Jungle Book (1967) • The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

Live Action Films: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) • The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998)

TV Series: Jungle Cubs (1996-98)

Video Games: The Jungle Book (1994) • The Jungle Book Groove Party (2000)

Music: The Jungle Book (soundtrack) (1967) • More Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli (1969)

Characters: The Jungle Book (1967): MowgliBalooBagheeraKing LouieShere KhanKaaColonel HathiWinifredHathi, Jr.Jungle PatrolBuzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzyAkelaRamaRakshaWolf CubsWolf CouncilFlunkeyBandar-logShanti | Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui | The Jungle Book 2 (2003): RanjanRanjan's fatherMessuaShanti's motherLucky | Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994): Grey BrotherNathooKatherine "Kitty" BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaibourneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret | Jungle Cubs (1996-98): Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainRed DogsWinifred's Uncle | House of Mouse (2002): King Larry

Locations: JungleAncient RuinsMan VillageIndia

Songs: The Jungle Book (1967): "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" | Deleted songs (c. 1964): "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" | More Jungle Book (1969): "Baloo's Blues" • "It's a Kick" • "Jungle Fever" • "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" | Jungle Cubs (1996): "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" | The Jungle Book Groove Party (2000): "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" | The Jungle Book 2 (2003): "The Jungle Rhythm" • "W-I-L-D" • "Right Where I Belong"

See also: Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities (1987) • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) • TaleSpin (1990-91) • House of Mouse (2001-03) • Disney's Jungle Boogie (1999)