Disney has finally dropped its trailer for the live-action version of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories and, of course, on Disney’s own animated film of the same name. The trailer was teased back in August at D23, and now Disney has finally released it to the public. The story follows Mowgli (played by Neel Sethi), who is raised by a family of wolves. It also stars the voices of such heavy hitters as Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, and Lupita Nyong’o. The movie is being directed by Jon Favreau and is being produced as the latest in Disney’s attempts to recapture its past animation successes in the live-action format. It follows in the vein of Maleficent and Cinderella.
The Jungle Book does seem as if it has potential, blending live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments. Some of the effects in the trailer still seem a bit rough, but we can only hope that Disney will be able to fix some of that come post-production. Most worrying, the release date has already been postponed three times, with the most current date for the movie listed as April 15, 2016. Hopefully, Disney will be able to get its act together to do this beautiful and whimsical story true justice.
On release it will be available in Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D, because of course it will.
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