The Beginner’s Guide To The Jungle Book

Everything you need to know before The Jungle Book comes out tomorrow.

What is it?
I’ve been talking about this film for months and you’re asking me that question? I almost want to send you away but it would be a disservice not to educate you. Simply, this is a live-action remake of an animated film based on a children’s book series.

…?
Disney have made a live-action version of their animated film: The Jungle Book (1967). The Jungle Book (1967) was based on Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories – also entitled The Jungle Book – from 1894.

I think I remember it… but could you remind me what it’s about?
The film centres around a boy called Mowgli who lives in the Indian jungle and is raised by a pack of wolves. However, man is not welcome in the jungle and Mowgli’s life is threatened which leads him to the decision to leave the jungle and go live amongst man. The film follows his journey and the obstacles that he faces in trying to leave the jungle.

Talking animals, again?
We went through this with Zootropolis – talking animals do not a bad film make. Besides, the voice cast behind these animals is amazing: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba.

If it’s not animated, did they place an actual child in front of a Bengal tiger?
As Disney did not want to face a multi-billion dollar law suit, nor be responsible for the death of a young actor – no. This film truly pushes the boundaries of CGI technology and all of the animals were created on computers. Hours and hours of studying animals and their movements went into the realisation of this movie and India they have actually increased the age-rating of the film as a response the realistic (and terrifying) nature of some of the animals.

Is it worth watching?
Based on the amazing reviews and the breath-taking trailers I would say that it is definitely worth watching. Also, for the first time in my life I’ll say it may even be worth watching in 3D.

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