The classic animated Disney feature is bought to life in this new version of The Jungle Book. But will it contain the bear necessities?
Disney are currently using their library of feature length animated films as a list of items to convert into a live action format. We’ve already seen ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (Which is getting a sequel, God knows why!?) get the live action treatment and early next year the latest version hits the theaters.
The Jungle Book, originally released in 1967, has also been remade into a live action feature directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1 & 2, Chef). Live action is bit of a stretch as apart from Mowgli himself, almost the entire film is CGI. I must admit that from this first trailer it does look stunning from a technical point of view.
Title: The Jungle Book | Release Date US: 15th April | UK: 15th April
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.
Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.