Disney’s not going to let us forget that they have a new movie out soon. The live-action version of The Jungle Book comes out on April 15, and the mouse has released two more clips and a featurette. The featurette gives a very quick look at the voice actors at work.
The two clips manage humor and pathos between them. There’s a quick glimpse of Baloo’s fun-loving, relaxed way of viewing the world and Bagheera’s contrasting caution and discipline. Then there’s the heartbreak of a family saying goodbye.
There’s also a good look at the jungle scenery in there. This movie is going to be stunning. From the clips, the changes they have made to the cartoon version should work well–they won’t necessarily be any closer to Kipling, but they look like it’s going to be a good story, in any case.
A bit about Kipling, a bit about acting:
Featurette: “The Legacy”
Baloo explains napping
Sadness and tears
“Mowgli Leaves The Pack”
Official Synopsis for The Jungle Book
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. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “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. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016