Some may lament Disney their series of recent adaptation of their old animated classics. While the potential is all there, it does really seem like a terrible waste of creativity. This is the mindset I had when THE JUNGLE BOOK was first announced. Despite the fact that they seem to be doing pretty well with their live-action pictures, I didn't see this doing much for me.
That was until the first trailer. In the months since then, I've been constantly blown away by what's been shown. The attention to detail is great, the execution looks riveting, and the voice cast seems to be putting their best foot forward.
This trend continues with the first clip of the film, which introduces its villain, Shere Khan, played by Idris Elba.
In addition to the tremendous voice work from Elba and Giancarlo Esposito, this clip highlights just how far we've come in the visual effects department. Everything but the character of Mowgli was created from a computer, so for all intents and purposes, this is basically an animated film. The details on Shere Khan's face are amazing, and this is undoubtedly a huge visual achievement. Will this hold up in ten years? Perhaps not. Even now, one can pick apart certain movements and shots that don't feel quite right, but that doesn't take away from how amazing it looks.
The clip wasn't the only thing released today. We also have a series of character posters for your viewing pleasure.
Check them out below!
Bill Murray will voice Baloo the bear, Christopher Walken will take on the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. With Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The film also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.
What do you think of the clip and posters? Let us know down below!
THE JUNGLE BOOK hits theaters on April 15, 2016!