Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book was a surprise hit, and it deserved its success. It really is a wonderful film and now, with the Blu-ray on the way, we’re learning some of its secrets.
It’s been two weeks since Disney’s Jungle Book was released—and we still can’t quite believe the whole thing was filmed in a downtown L.A. warehouse. Now Disney is peeling back the curtain and showing us just how this incredible spectacle was created.
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Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book ends with a credit that says “Filmed in Downtown Los Angeles.” This comes as a shocking revelation, after watching a film that takes place in a jungle. And yet, its technical mastery isn’t the most impressive thing in the film. The Jungle Book is the first of Disney’s live-action remakes…
We are currently in the 21st century. We are in the second decade of the 21st century and there are not one, not two, but three Jungle Book movies on the horizon. And that means that it’s time to remind everyone that Rudyard Kipling was a piece of racist, imperialist trash.
I guess Disney’s pretty happy with the The Jungle Book, which comes out this week, because they’re already working on a sequel.
Making a live-action remake of a beloved animated classic—a remake that nobody asked for—is a tough position to be in. You have to win over fans of the original, but also convert a whole new audience. For Jungle Book director Jon Favreau, the key to that challenge was capturing the right feeling.
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Okay, so a lot of the CG animals we’ve seen in the live-action Jungle Book movie venture a bit too far into the uncanny valley (uncanny jungle?), but Scarlett Johansson’s Kaa is looking great in this extended look at the movie, right down to the trippy hypnotic eyeballs.
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I really think The Jungle Book, apart from the problems presented by its source material, may be in trouble. From what we’ve seen in clips, a lot of the talking animals just aren’t working.
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With Idris Elba voicing Shere Khan, it would be hard to deny the character’s power and charisma. However, there’s a bit of an uncanny valley in these CGI-ed animals.
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This April, when audiences sit down to see Disney’s new live-action movie of The Jungle Book, they aren’t going to think about its technical achievements. Ideally, they’re going to get swept up in a story about a boy named Mowgli and his adventures in the jungle with a bunch of talking animals. But technical…
We’ve been waiting for the animals other than Kaa to get significant dialogue in Jungle Book forever now. And we’ve finally got it. Bill Murray’s Baloo is great. Christopher Walken’s King Louie is... Christopher Walken.