Disney is really gearing fans up for the upcoming The Jungle Book, with multiple clips on their YouTube channel and a featurette that gives fans a behind the scene’s look on how the film was made and why they felt it was time to remake the animated classic. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the film is based on Rudyard Kipling’s tale “The Jungle Book”. With an all-star cast making up the voices of the animals, which were all created using photorealistic CGI. The story follows Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub, who is raised by wolves in the jungle. When Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), the undisputed king of the jungle and a fierce tiger, returns and makes it clear that Mowgli is no longer welcome in the jungle. This change urges Mowgli to set off on a journey with Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) and Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray).
The first clip that Disney released was of that pinnacle moment when Shere Khan returns to find Mowgli among the wolves who have raised him. Akeela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito), alpha male of the pack, stands to protect Mowgli as Shere Khan makes it clear the young man-cub is not welcome. This was the first look outside of a trailer that fans really get to see the wonderful technology that allowed the filmmakers to blend CGI with live action acting.
The next clip they released is quite funny and features Bagheera, Mowgli and Baloo. Mowgli is helping Baloo collect honey combs when Bagheera enters the cave. Sadly, Mowgli gets in trouble for creating what he calls a “honey sack”, which Bagheera deems too similar to what they do in the villages of man and those types of “tricks” aren’t welcome in the jungle. It’s quite funny to see the comparison of how Baloo and Bagheera are with Mowgli.
The most recent clip that Disney has released is the saddest of the three. It’s the scene when Mowgli makes the decision to leave the pack that’s raised him. His mother Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o) objects, trying to protect Mowgli and keep her son with her, but is quickly shut down by Akeela. It’s the moment that sets Mowgli on his adventures.
And finally, Disney has released the fun behind the scenes segment, giving fans a little bit of a reason why they are remaking The Jungle Book. With this The Jungle Book leaning more towards the 1967 animated feature film that is a Disney classic, instead of the live action 1994 version which portrays Mowgli as a young adult rather than a child, it will be no shock if it becomes a new favorite of Disney fans. It’s nice to see the comparisons of the 1967 animated film and the newest adaptation in this “Legacy Featurette”.
Are you excited to see The Jungle Book? It hits theaters on April 15 and be ready for a wild adventure!
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