A few months ago, we were given a glimpse into Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book. Needless to say, it’s not your father’s Jungle Book. Directed by Jon Favreau (Elf), this new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s story utilizes CGI in an effort to create a very realistic world that is a far cry from the 1967 classic cartoon. Bagheera, Baloo, King Louie, and Shere Khan are rendered extremely life-like, but still maintain their ability to talk to Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi.
In continuing that trend of the realistic, Disney has released a “living” poster. Unlike the first one, this poster moves. You may be wondering the merits to such an introduction, and it’s hard to think of many, but it’s at least a creative way to reveal something that can otherwise be underwhelming. Check it out below:
Any fear of the poster itself being underwhelming, however, is unwarranted. The poster is visually striking and successfully incorporates the major characters from the story. Behind Mowgli are those who have his back: Bagheera, Baloo, and his wolf family. In front of him looms the threat of King Louie and the story’s pervasive danger, Shere Khan. One interesting difference between the still poster and its ‘living’ counterpart is the presence of Kaa, the snake voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Kaa appears in the foreground of the living poster but is not included in the still one. Also of note is the slow approach to the fire Mowgli is holding, which is of course what King Louie wants from the ‘man-cub’ and, at least in the cartoon, helps Mowgli and company defeat Shere Khan. Regardless, this poster makes the heightened reality and danger of this new iteration very clear.
Besides Johansson, The Jungle Book includes the voice talent of Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Bill Murray (Baloo), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera) , Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), and Giancarlo Eposito (Akela). You can see it in theaters April 15, 2016.
Here is the official synopsis for The Jungle Book:
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 self-discovery, 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. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’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. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.