Holy MOWGLI! This movie initially wasn’t even kind of on my radar, but now it TOTALLY is.
As of late, Disney seems to be going on a trend of re-vamping their animated classics into live-action CGI porn for the eyeballs. I haven’t really seen any of the latest offerings, as I have felt that they’re mostly just a cash grab to gain ticket sales.
That was until I saw this trailer:
This movie is totally a cash-grab. Blatantly so. Who cares, though? It looks totally awesome. While I’m at least a little interested in what they can do with Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book looks totally intense and visually breathtaking.
Conjuring its inner Life of Pi, the animal effects are stunning, while not wholly photorealistic. Everything is a little exaggerated to add to the sense of adventure, but it all looks to be on an epic scale.
Disney has tried to do a live action version of The Jungle Book 20 years ago. Focusing more on Mowgli as a grown up trying to adjust to civilized life and his love interest, it lacked a lot of the fun and magic of the animated classic. This new movie seems to be following closer to the original movie from 1967, which was a great deal more whimsical than Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name.
Really, though. Who cares? Bill Murray as Baloo? Idris Elba as SHERE KHAN? Christopher Walken as King Louie? Epic cat fights, Bears taunting monkeys, freaking elephants being all elephant-y. With an impressive cast and Jon Favreau behind the lens, it’s hard to not already be sold on this movie.
I’m curious as to whether or not the plan to include musical numbers in this movie. The trailer seems to hint at a possible rendition of “The Bear Necessities” from Bill Murray near the end of its two minutes, but I’m not really sure that would really fit the tone of this movie. This looks like the type of movie that could mostly be silent but focus more on visual representation to tell the story, but given the big names they have signed on to perform, who can really say?
All I know is that I’m really excited for this movie now. I went from 0% interest to immense excitement almost immediately. I’ll be sure to bring my kids right to the theaters once this movie hits the screen.
The Jungle Book arrives in theaters Spring 2016.
Did you enjoy the trailer? Think I’m nerding out way too much over badass animal showdown fights? Are you, like me now imagining the awesome possibilities of a Robin Hood remake in this style? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!