“The Jungle Book” (1894), a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling, was first published in magazines in 1893-94. Today, after more than a century ago since the collection was published, “The Jungle Book” is in the spotlight once again. After over 20 movies, TV series’ and video games—with the 1967 Walt Disney Pictures film version, The Jungle Book being the most well-known—the film is hitting the big screen in a way it never has before: in the form of a 3D live-animation adventure fantasy film. The Jungle Book will be released in Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D on April 15, 2016.
The Jungle Book (2016), written by Justin Marks, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, is live-action remake of the 1967 animated film version. The characters are voiced by a talented cast which includes Bill Murray as Baloo, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and Idris Elba as Shere Khan. Neel Sethi will also portray the actual character, Mowgli—not just voice him. The rest of the cast can be seen here.
The story follows Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. However, when Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bares 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 and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Throughout his journey, Mowgli has encounters with jungle creatures that are clearly not on his side, including a hypnotizing python named Kaa and smooth-talking orangutan King Louie, to name a few.
It’s safe to say that The Jungle Book is sure to dominate the box office this April, and with a “want to see” score of 99 per cent (out of 8,335 user ratings) on Rotten Tomatoes, this notion will likely prove to be true. After all, who wouldn’t be even slightly interested in seeing The Jungle Book? The special effects in the film promise to keep audiences amazed. 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. However, a film with Favreau as its director, will without a doubt be more than just dazzling special effects. The storyline is fantastic, the cast is A-list quality and the plot stays true to the 1967 Disney edition of The Jungle Book; the impressive special effects just further add to the movie-viewing experience
The Jungle Book is scheduled to arrive in U.S. theaters on April 15. The film is 1hr. 51mins. long and is rated PG for some sequences of scary action and peril.
Be sure to check out The Jungle Book’s official movie website.