Disney’s 1967 animated film, The Jungle Book, is a colorful depiction of the life of an orphan boy named Mowgli who was found in a jungle by a panther and raised by a mother wolf. The film, based on a novel of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, was produced on a modest budget of $4 million and went on to become a massive success. It grossed $141 million in the United States and $205 million worldwide.
The animated film captivated the audience with its light hearted theme that featured beloved talking animals and an acclaimed soundtrack that featured catchy, memorable songs like “The Bare Necessities”. A live-action remake was released by Disney in 1994 followed by a sequel, The Jungle Book 2, in 2003. Now director Jon Favreau (of Iron Man) takes the wonderful tale and puts a new spin on it in yet another remake – but this one looks to be much more faithful to the 1967’s animated classic than any versions before it.
Favreau’s The Jungle Book is filmed mostly in motion-capture. Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, is the only human actor in the movie, or so it seems from the trailer. The rest of the characters are CGI, and many of them are voiced by acclaimed actors like Bill Murray (Baloo the bear), Ben Kingsley (the panther Bagheera), Idris Elba (the tiger Shere Khan), Scarlett Johansson (the python Kaa), Lupita Wyong’o (the wolf Raksha) and Christopher Walken (the orangutan King Louie).
This new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book opens on April 15, 2016.