The Jungle Book (2016 film)
|The Jungle Book|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jon Favreau|
|Screenplay by||Justin Marks|
|Based on||The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
|Music by||John Debney|
|Edited by||Mark Livolsi|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Box office||$357.8 million|
The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling‘s eponymous collective works, the film is a live-action/CGIremake of Walt Disney‘s 1967 animated film of the same name.
The Jungle Book stars and introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan. The film also features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.
Favreau, Marks, and producer Brigham Taylor developed the film’s story as a balance between Disney’s animated adaptation and Kipling’s original works, adapting elements from both into the film. Principal photography commenced in 2014, with filming taking place entirely in Los Angeles. The film required extensive use of computer-generated imagery to portray the animals and settings. The Jungle Book was released in North America in Disney Digital 3D,RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, D-Box, as well as premium large formats, on April 15, 2016.
Mowgli is a “man cub” raised by the Indian wolf Raksha and her pack, led byAkela, ever since he was brought to them as a baby by the black panther Bagheera. Bagheera trains Mowgli to learn the ways of the wolves, but the boy faces certain challenges and falls behind his wolf siblings, and Akela berates him for using human tricks like building tools instead of learning the ways of the pack.
One day, during the dry season, the jungle animals gather to drink water that remains as part of a truce called during a droughtthat enables the jungle’s wildlife to drink without fear of being eaten by larger, more predatory beasts. The truce is disrupted, however, when a scarred Bengal tiger, Shere Khan, arrives, detecting Mowgli’s scent in the crowd. Vengeful against man for scarring him, he issues a warning that he will kill Mowgli at the end of the drought. As the wolf pack debates whether they should keep Mowgli or not, Mowgli voluntarily decides to leave the jungle for the safety of his pack. Bagheera agrees with the decision and volunteers to guide him to the nearby man village.
En route, Shere Khan ambushes them and injures Bagheera, but Mowgli manages to escape. Later, Mowgli meets Kaa, an enormous Indian python, who hypnotizes him. Kaa’s hypnosis triggers in Mowgli a vision of his father protecting him from Shere Khan and being killed as a result. The vision also warns of the destructive power of the “red flower“. Kaa then attempts to devour Mowgli, but he is rescued by a sloth bear named Baloo. Together, they form a close bond after realizing their teamwork allows them to get things easily, and Mowgli agrees to stay with Baloo until the winter season arrives. Meanwhile, Shere Khan confronts the wolf pack, but upon learning Mowgli had left the jungle, he kills Akela and takes over the pack to lure Mowgli out.
- Bill Murray as Baloo
- Ben Kingsley as Bagheera
- Idris Elba as Shere Khan
- Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha
- Scarlett Johansson as Kaa
- Giancarlo Esposito as Akela
- Christopher Walken as King Louie
- Garry Shandling as Ikki
- Brighton Rose as Grey Brother
- Jon Favreau as Pygmy Hog
- Sam Raimi as Indian Giant Squirrel
- Russell Peters as Rocky the Indian Rhinoceros
- Madeleine Favreau as Raquel the Indian Rhinoceros
- Sara Arrington as Neelgai
This is top notch entertainment. The animals and effects were as realistic as one could imagine them to be. Frightening, and thrilling, and safe for the whole family, save for a few intense scenes. This is a must see rendition of a timeless classic. – MR