Before we left the mega metropolis of Kitchener (which is still a great place), we had a chance to take the crew to see Disney’s The Jungle Book. I also came clean about having never read the original books and having only caught glimpses of the cartoon. A sheltered childhood, I know. I am not sure viewing or reading the older versions would have adequately prepared me for the visual wizardry that this movie presents.
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.
Now that the DVD is here, you can see some of the behind the scenes secrets to creating those unbelievable special effects, learn more about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), and some very cool ‘colour commentary’ from Jon Favreau. I almost like the at-home version of Disney movies. So often, they have tons of really interesting back ground segments that make watching the movie even more enjoyable (and make winning trivia games a snap).
Disney’s The Jungle Book is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray wherever your favourite movies (and popcorn) are sold.