With just two weeks to go before Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book hits the screens, we have the entrance of King Louie, Baloo, and Kaa as Mowgli meets them for the first time. This is looking more and more like a movie worth seeing in the theaters. The scenery is, as we’ve mentioned before, amazing, and it looks like Disney is moving far enough from the animated version of The Jungle Book to make it worth watching as a standalone.
I love the way Kaa and Baloo’s first appearances tie into each other. Baloo’s going to be a fun character, and I hope Kaa has more than the one scene.
What about you? Interested in seeing The Jungle Book? Choosing to stay with the book? Or do you prefer the animated version? Answer in the comment box below–or if you’d rather, take the poll down under the clips.
Imax Featurette–Kaa appears
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 Jungle Book comes to theaters on April 15, 2016.