Disney Releases “Voices of the Jungle” Featurette for “The Jungle Book”

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Scarlett Johansson as Kaa in voices of the jungleWith just seven days left until the live-action version of The Jungle Book opens, Disney has released another short feature. This one focuses on the voices of the jungle–the stars voicing the different animals in the movie. Idris Elba talks about the joy of knowing his children will see a classic movie with their dad’s voice. Scarlett Johansson and others talk about the characters they are playing. Scarlett Johansson describes Kaa as a storyteller. Christopher Walken talks about King Louie–who is a king; and each of the others has a quick, one-sentence description of their character.

Along with that are some clips of the movie, one or two glimpses of moments we haven’t seen before–like just how Mowgli gets the honeycomb down for Baloo.

Are you planning on seeing it right away or waiting a bit?

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

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