Teaser Trailer for Disney's Live-Action THE JUNGLE BOOK

In catching up on news I missed while I was away at the Toronto International Film Festival I realized I hadn't yet posted about the first look at director Jon Favreau's live action remake of Disney's The Jungle Book. Despite this, I've now watched the trailer several times and *think* I'm more on board now than I was with my initial reaction. My initial reaction was that the CGI was overwhelming with thoughts longing for the "dark and gritty" take I remember Stephen Sommers film being for me at the age of seven in 1994. Of course, even though that was still a Disney produced film it fell more in line with Rudyard Kipling's original version whereas Favreau's iteration seems to be a straight-up adaptation of the the 1967 cartoon with the animals looking more real than cartoony despite still technically being cartoons. That said, the film looks beautiful as the CGI has clearly allowed the creative team to do things they would never be able to accomplish with real, trained animals and I'm interested to see what tone Favreau ultimately goes with tone-wise as much of this is fairly somber until the last clip makes sure to remind us this is still very much a Disney product. Favreau has also rounded up an impressive voice cast that includes Bill Murray as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyon’o as Raksha, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Christopher Walken as King Louie and introducing Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The Jungle Book opens in 3D on April 15, 2016.

Synopsis: 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 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 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.

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