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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Jan 26, 2016

A human boy has been orphaned and left in the jungle. With no parents, his only hope for survival is a pack of wolves who raise him as one of their own. As the boy, named Mowgli, grows a little older, he discovers that there are some species of the animal kingdom who are far less caring than his wolf elders. Mowgli is faced with a decision far more difficult than a boy so young should have to make – stay in the jungle where he must ultimately learn to fend for himself, or seek the unfamiliar world of human civilization. From the director who brought you Iron Man (Jon Favreau), the classic story of The Jungle Book has been re-imagined using the latest CGI technology.

The Jungle Book is a title which multiple generations may recognize. It began as a child’s story. In 1967, Disney turned the book into a light-hearted cartoon movie with lots of laughs, singing, and dancing. Set to release April 15, 2016, The Jungle Book in its newest form may bring a different feel to the audience. There is currently only one trailer that has been exposed to the public. In the trailer, the only character’s voice you hear is the giant snake named Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). We know that there is more dialogue by the cast list on imdb.com. Bill Murray is the voice actor who plays Baloo, the friendly bear who worries that human civilization isn’t in Mowgli’s best interest. The audience gets to hear Christopher Walken’s voice as King Louie, the “king of the apes”. Idris Elba brings words to Shere Khan, the villain tiger who despises all humans and wishes death upon Mowgli.

On the other hand, the music is deep and intense behind several screenshots of little light. Will this version of The Jungle Book have a dark feel? According to a published interview with director Jon Favreau (via twitter), they team hopes to preserve the older generations’ nostalgia with a certain amount of music while placing the new film into the “action” genre. With limited footage, it is difficult to predict the movie’s tone.

Fans will be able to make their own judgments on the performance of the new version of The Jungle Book in a few short months. The Motion Pictures Association of America has yet to distribute a rating. Hit the movie theaters on The Jungle Book’s release date of April 15, 2016.

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