Most folks had their doubts when Disney first announced that they’d be doing a remake of the animated classic THE JUNGLE BOOK. It reeked of a cash grab, and fell in line with their seemingly-lazy approach of taking their animated classics to live-action.
However, after all the footage we’ve seen, I’ve been completely won over by Disney. We’re less than a couple week’s from the film’s release, and if you’ve been waiting to see a behind-the-scenes look at what the voice cast has to go through to get their voices on the screen, then look no further.
Check out the “Voices” featurette below!
“Directed by Jon Favreau (IRON MAN), based on Rudyard Kiplingâ€™s timeless stories and inspired by Disneyâ€™s classic animated film, â€œThe Jungle Bookâ€ is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub whoâ€™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 heâ€™s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, 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 donâ€™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 Nyongâ€™o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf packâ€™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.”
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THE JUNGLE BOOK hits U.S. theaters on April 15, 2016.