While I was on the #CaptainAmericaEvent trip in LA this last weekend I was able to go to a screening of Disney’s The Jungle Book that comes out in theaters TODAY! The movie is so good! I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, and I really love the animated version, but I went in with an open mind and was really blown away. I was watching it with an eye to how my youngest kids would possible react to certain scenes. (This is of course different for every parent as all kids are unique) but I can honestly say that I felt that the movie is not dark or scary. There are a few “make you jump” moments, but I have had that in any number of movies. There is a lot of humor as well as there is emotional and happy moments. If you are really worried, go see it first. But I know that my kids will love it, and I think your’s will too. My kids are 4-11 years old, just as a reference.
There are so many elements of the original cartoon that Disney did that are similar, and new ones that are so perfect. The talent in the movie is eveident on and off screen. The characters Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), Baloo (voice of Bill Murray), Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson) and King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken) all do an amazing job.
As much of the movie was done in CGI, you would expect to be able to “tell”. But I can honestly tell you that it looks so real. I didn’t even question it. “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 Jungle Book will immerse you in an amazing world where animals live and a small boy is part of their world. You experience his journey with him as he learns about the Jungle and who lives there.
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.
We saw the screening at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. It was so fun. We saw it in Real 3D. I truly felt like I saw standing there in the movie the whole time. This was such a fun experience, and the great movie made it that much better!
“The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in thejungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.
- Neel Sethi, now 12, was selected from thousands of candidates following a worldwide search for the perfect man-cub.
- The all-star voice cast includes Oscar®-winners Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”), as well as Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”), Idris Elba (“Star Trek Beyond”), Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad’).
- Rudyard Kipling penned the collection of short stories, “The Jungle Book,” in the early 1890s from his home in Vermont.
- State-of-the-art technology is behind larger-than-life jungle creatures that join Neel Sethi’s Mowgli on screen in an all-new, immersive, jaw-dropping viewing experience. The film will be spectacular in 3D and IMAX 3D.
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