Disney released a new clip for its latest movie, The Jungle Book. In their latest live action movie, the man cub Mowgli quickly learns that the jungle is not the place for a young boy. He meets the tiger, Shere Khan.
USA Today reported that Shere Khan gives his classic monologue on the dangers of man voiced by Idras Elba. Mowgli is defended by Akela, voiced by Giancarlo Esposito, who leads the wolf pack that has adopted Mowgli.
Although 99 percent of the shots of the animals in Jungle Book are CGI, the latest Disney movie has a real life look and feel to it. Mowgli has nothing to say in the clip, and he is portrayed by American child actor Neel Sethi. Fans of the story will recognize many of the voices in the movie with stars like Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Scarlett Johansson as the snake Kaa.
Slash Film reported that Disney started its reimagining of its original animated classics with hits like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent. Although those movies were hit films, they never captured the appeal of the original movies. Kenneth Branaugh, famous for his remakes of Shakespearan plays, managed to capture the spirit of the originals when he remade Cinderella. Director Jon Favreau, after making his drama Chef, follows up with The Jungle Book.
The film was shot in a studio in downtown Los Angeles with 99 percent of the animals and backdrops done in CGI. Mowgli, portrayed by Neel Sethi, is the only real character in the movie. What makes this movie different from the Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent is that they took place in a mythical place and so the backdrop doesn’t look as real. With Jungle Book, the scenes look more real because they’re from an actual place.
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The official summary for Jungle Book is as follows.
“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.
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Other members of the all star cast of Jungle Book include Lupita Nyong’o as Mowgli’s fiercely protective wolf mother, Raksha. What makes this movie better than Disney’s previous efforts at live action is that it seamlessly blends the live action with the CGI in a way that Disney was unable to do with its previous movies. The story also includes the latest up-to-the minute technology with the latest storytelling techniques. Disney’s latest version of Jungle Book is set to hit theaters on April 15.
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