Disney's 1967 animated classic has delighted generations with its beloved cartoon animals and catchy songs, but now, director Jon Favreau is taking the tale and turning it up new audiences.
The trailer is gorgeous and breathtaking, epic in scope. Favreau took a page from James Cameron's book and filmed it mostly in motion-capture. Newcomer Neel Sethi is the only live-action performer in the movie. Joining him in voice only are: Bill Murray as bear Baloo, Ben Kingsley as panther Bagheera, Idris Elba as tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as python Kaa, Lupita Nyong'o as wolf Raksha, and Christopher Walken as orangutan King Louie.
The CG effects are stunning — the backgrounds are so realistic, they look as if Favreau actually filmed them in some jungle somewhere. And the director gives a sly wink to the original, by including a snippet at the end of the trailer of Baloo humming "Bare Necessities" as he floats down the river.
"The Jungle Book" opens April 15, 2016.
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