Live action reboots of classic titles are becoming a thing; we saw live action versions of Cinderella, Maleficent, and now The Jungle Book. When I first heard about this film, there were rumblings of its innovative use of technology. Would the animals’ mouths move when they spoke? Would there be moments of song and dance? These are some of the questions that I had as a fan, and the 1967 animated version holds a special place in my heart. I mean – who doesn’t love the song “Bear Necessities?”
Now, right off the bat, it should be said that this version of the story isn’t a musical. However, there are a couple of musical numbers from a couple of the most popular characters! Based on the trailers, though, you are safe in assuming that you’ll get to hear “Bear Necessities” from Bill Murray’s Baloo and Neel Sethi’s Mowgli.
To take your wonder to a whole new level, you should consider that most of what you see onscreen is CGI, with the notable exception of Mowgli (Neel Sethi). That’s right, Jon Favreau, along with the rest of the creative team behind The Jungle Book, created an entire jungle environment on a soundstage. The highly immersive effects never really take the audience out of the world they’ve created and the world transitions seamlessly from scene to scene. To get a taste of the process that achieved this, watch the video below.
The Jungle Book exists ever-so-slightly outside of its target audience. The rating says it all: parental guidance is suggested. Some people note some of the film’s darker elements, and, if you are unsure about taking your children to this film, you should read the IMDb Parents Guide linked below. For older audiences, however, the film is still charming and funny with some childish aspects to it.
The Jungle Book will assuredly be one of 2016’s best films, and, if possible, you should check it out in IMAX 3D.
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