frozen ever after

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney announces an opening date for Frozen Ever After.
  • You’ll have one more chance to ride the original Soarin’ before it’s updated.
  • Disney sets a date for its Star Wars fireworks show.
  • Universal plans a Waterworld stunt show refurbishment.
  • Disney’s nighttime Jungle Book show is just around the corner.
  • A Haunted Mansion documentary is currently on Kickstarter.

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Andy Serkis

Disney’s The Jungle Book was a roaring success by any metric. It broke new ground for CG animation, wowed critics with its updated interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, and has racked up $828 million in global box office grosses to date. All of which means Warner Bros.’ upcoming Jungle Book, directed by Andy Serkis, has quite a lot to measure up to. But the director doesn’t seem too concerned about the competition, explaining that his will be a “darker” take for a “slightly older audience.”  Read More »

jungle book images

Yesterday, I wrote about a behind-the-scenes video that showcased just how much of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book was created in post-production and I was just bowled over by it. It’s one thing to hear that a movie is set entirely in digital environments (because computers can do anything and so on), but it’s another thing to actually see the before and after (because computers can do anything and holy cow).

Disney has released a new series of stills showing the transformation of a few shots in the film, revealing how a lone kid standing in front of blue screens was transformed into a lone kid standing in a lush and photo-realistic Indian jungle by the visual effects geniuses at MPC.

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the jungle book vfx

When you’re actually sitting in a theater and watching The Jungle Book, you don’t realize that there were no exteriors shot for the entire film and that every frame was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. Even though the supporting cast of talking animals were obviously created in a computer, the world on display in Jon Favreau‘s film feels so real and so detailed that it’s often hard to believe that almost every element on the screen was generated by a large team of geniuses after the fact. No matter your opinion the film as a whole (I agree with our own Angie Han that it is very good), the visual effects are truly next generation stuff. This is the new high bar everyone is going to chase for a few years.

And now, a new featurette has arrived to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it was like to shoot a movie this technologically complex.

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Alfonso Cuaron Gravity

For some time now, Andy Serkis has been working on his directorial debut The Jungle Book, a “dark” take on Rudyard Kipling‘s source material. The film was originally supposed to open in 2016, but was pushed to 2017 and then to 2018. Clearly, Serkis is willing to take the time to get it right. And to that end, he’s just brought in a bit of outside help. Alfonso Cuarón has reportedly been brought on board to give notes on the production.  Read More »

THE JUNGLE BOOK

DavidDevindra, and Jeff discuss AMC’s crazy new (now rescinded) plan to allow texting in theaters, and their reaction to the first image out of ScarJo’s Ghost in the Shell. Also, special guest Dana Schwartz joins us to discuss the place of Avatar in our culture. Be sure to read Dana’s original tweet about this topic, Ebert’s review of Mr. Payback, and Angie’s take on whitewashing in Ghost in the Shell.

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The Jungle Book Posters

This past weekend, The Jungle Book exceeded box office predictions and studio expectations by pulling down over $103 million domestically, marking the second largest April opening ever. And since it’s already been in release internationally for two weeks now, it has nearly over $290 million worldwide. Our own Angie Han found a lot to love in the film, and it sounds like one that demands to be seen on the big screen.

Now Poster Posse has delivered some cool The Jungle Book posters created by various artists, some of them being better than the official posters used to market the film in theaters. Check out a batch of our favorites after the jump. Read More »

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Between Sean Parker’s Screening Room and AMC’s tentatively proposed (and quickly discarded) texting-allowed policy, we’ve seen a lot of debate in recent weeks about the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the theatrical experience. Cinephiles will swear up and down that a pristine movie theater is the only proper way to enjoy a movie — and I tend to agree — but the truth is that for a lot of moviegoers, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Why fork over $100 for tickets and popcorn and a babysitter, put up with screaming kids and sticky floors, when you can just rent something from the comfort of your own couch? So what if you’re missing out on 3D and giant screens and surround sound?

Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is the answer to that “so what.” It’s a technical achievement on par with Avatar and Life of Pi, the kind of cutting-edge stunner that actually justifies all the extra premiums and hassles associated with 3D and the theater experience in general. If you’re planning to see this movie at all, see it in 3D while it’s still in theaters. The film’s heart and humor will still be intact when it reaches home video, and thank goodness for that, but the magic of its special effects is on another level altogether.  Read More »

?Jungle Book Questions

The Jungle Book is arguably director Jon Favreau‘s most ambitious film to date. The filmmaker behind Iron Man and Chef reimagines the 1967 Disney animated classic on a grand scale. 98% of The Jungle Book is CGI, and bringing those environments to life, over a two-year process, was quite an undertaking for Favreau and all involved.

With the film, which was actually influenced by the likes of Goodfellas and classic westerns, Favreau tells a surprisingly intimate comig-of-age tale on a massive canvas. To learn how the director and his team came together to retell author Rudyard Kipling‘s story, read our Jon Favreau interview below.

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