Remember Disney’s “The Jungle Book” from 1967? Based off Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, the animated musical comedy was one of my childhood faves. Singing “The Bare Necessities” for days on end was a common occurrence (what an ear worm!) and the classic animation was done in that magical way that only Disney knows how to do.
When I was a kid and watched “The Jungle Book”, I used to try to dance like the man-cub Mowgli. Lighthearted and sweet, the animated film was one of my favorites. Fast track to almost 50 years later (What? I cannot be that old!) and present day Disney. Next month, Disney is releasing the remake of “The Jungle Book” on April 15th-and what a dramatic change from the original!
The first movie clip was just released and Walt Disney Pictures has it up on its YouTube channel:
Movie Cast and Details
Directed by Jon Favreau, the remake takes live-action and seamlessly blends it with photorealistic CGI animals and environments making the movie and its characters seem, well, real. “The Jungle book” will be shown in 3D, Real 3D, and IMAX 3D (I, personally, can’t wait to see it in Real 3D) and you can bet that Disney’s up-to-the-minute technology will have you immersed in the movie.
The cast seems flawless. A list actors and actresses including Scarlet Johansson (Kaa), Sir Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Christopher Walken (Louie), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), and Idris Elba (Shere Khan) will all be lending their voices to the famous Disney characters.
From the first movie clip, it seems as though the movie has taken on a darker tone. Remember the lighthearted animated film? I can’t wait to check out Favreau’s take on the Kipling book.
“The Jungle Book” Immersive Website
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is featuring a fun, immersive website, The Law of the Jungle, to go along with the movie’s release. Over the next two weeks, additional chapters will be revealed that will feature exclusive film content as well. The music, film clips, and quotes are enthralling. The site links to the movie’s social media channels, so make sure you follow all of them to stay up to date with the latest news and information.
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