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The Jungle Book

  • 2016
  • PG
  • 105min
  • 95%
  • 7.4 / 10

The story follows Mowgli, a man-cub feral who was raised by wolves. When Mowgli finds himself in danger from a tiger known as Shere Khan, he no longer feels comfortable in the jungle. Mowgli is guided by a panther named Bagheera, and a carefree bear named Baloo. Along the way, they come across a number of animals with different intentions, including Kaa, a snake who tries to trick Mowgli into telling him how to create fire. The journey will teach Mowgli far more than he could ever imagine.

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There were over 70 animals native to India featured in the film. All animals presented in the film were created using computer animation. Films of real animals' actions were used to help graphic designers in animating the animals for the film. Jim Hansen's Creature Shop to help create realistic reactions from the cast. The Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Weta Digital worked the wonders of the visual effects of the animals.

The Jungle Book movie review

This live-action remake of classic Disney animated film in 1967 brought film viewers from all ages on an action-packed adventure around the Indian forest. Director Jon Favreau made the movie light and enjoyable, somewhat like walking through nature and meeting the animals yourself yet exciting enough to captivate viewers by showing some scenes in the plot through a darker lens. Much like its animated version, the film enthralled its young audiences with catchy songs like 'Bare Necessities' and 'I wanna be like you.'

Neel Sethi's portrayal of Mowgli stitches together the elements of nature and humanity. Bill Murray, who breathes life into Baloo the Bear, provided the audience with light-hearted comedy. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson's Kaha the sinister snake, Christopher Walken's orangutan King Louie, and Idris Elba's scarred tiger Shere Khan made film viewers hold on to their seats by adding spice to the story.

Favreau's film also gave a fascinating digital rendering of live animals without making their speaking ability look awkward and out of place. In fact, the realistic depiction of the animals in the jungle added more the fantasy that the film's younger viewers surely enjoyed. While Favreau's still followed the classic storytelling used in 1967, he brought over a couple of ingenious twists. His rendition of the film gives the audience a deeper understanding of the film's characters by inserting a few details regarding Mowgli's origin and even gave a new plot development for Shere Kahn.

Overall, John Favreau's The Jungle Book is widely entertaining and is undoubtedly a must see. Fans who have seen the animated version are in for a treat with its A-list cast members and top-notch production value. Watching The Jungle Book would be an exhilarating toss between terror brought about by the mysteries of jungle and fascination over the beauty of nature.

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The Jungle Book was released in 2016. This American fantasy adventure film was directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau. It was also produced by Walt Disney Pictures and written by James Marks. The screenplay is based on Rudyard Kipling's works and is a remake of the Walt Disney's 1967 animated film. The 2016 version is a live-action but a very CGI-heavy film. The cast includes the talent of Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken. The movie was released in North America in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, D-Box, and premium large formats. At the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards as well as at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, the film won awards for visual effects. With a budget of $175 million, the film made over $966 million worldwide making it a wild success.