Ever since director Jon Favreau (Chef, Iron Man) unveiled the first footage for Disney‘s The Jungle Book, many of us have been eager to see more from the film, given just how spectacular and life-like its digitally created creatures appear to look. Favreau spoke then about the pioneering techniques used to bring the beloved characters to life in a live-action film, an even more staggering feat when you consider that the entire film was shot in a studio in LA; no actual locations were used whatsoever. The director has continued to hail that this new take on the Disney classic is going to push boundaries, and become a pivotal picture in the ever-improving area of computer-generated imagery going forward.
Pairing the stunning visuals with a stellar voice cast, including many of the top actors in the business such as Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Christopher Walken (King Louie) and Bill Murray (Baloo), is a great way to show both the industry and the general public how CGI can be used very effectively, given said new techniques, to tell a story and provide actors with the ability to bring themselves across even when they are not physically present in the frame – their performances can be seen in the characters they play.
Feast your eyes on these breathtaking new character images, showing the stars next to their furry, but not all friendly, counterparts:
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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.
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The Jungle Book swings into theatres April 15th.