This weekend brings Disney’s latest live-action remake to the big screen in the form of The Jungle Book, a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel of the same name. The early buzz on the movie is that it’s a mesmerizing, visual spectacle and a fantastic update of the tale that pretty much everyone knows, and there’s already talk of a sequel with director Jon Favreau likely coming back as director.
But before you go see the new take on The Jungle Book, check out the Honest Trailer poking fun at the animated adaptation that Disney made back in 1967. You might have forgotten that Mowgli is kind of a brat in Disney’s musical adventure, but the jungle is a swinging jazz club that makes it all better. Read More »
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Cyclops Prints has teamed with Disney to release a screenprint for the Walt Disney Animation classic The Jungle Book. Created by artist Tom Whalen, who we’ve featured many times in the past, the print focuses on the classic characters. Hit the jump to see the full Tom Whalen The Jungle Book print and read a quick interview with the artist.
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Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
It seems like every week we hear of yet another live-action remake of an animated fairy tale in the works at Disney, and there’s a good reason for that: these movies are doing really, really well for the studio. Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella have all been giant smash hits. And The Jungle Book is already off to a strong start overseas, ahead of its domestic debut this weekend.
And, well, you can guess what that means. Disney is reportedly getting the ball rolling on a Jungle Book sequel, days before the film even opens in the U.S. The studio is looking to bring back director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks, because why fix what isn’t broken? Read More »
The Jungle Book‘s voice cast is stacked with talent. Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, and more help bring director Jon Favreau‘s (Chef) ambitious, CG-heavy reimagining of the Disney animated classic to life. To learn how they did it, check out the recent The Jungle Book featurette below.
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Director Jon Favreau has been attached to direct Magic Kingdom for almost six years now. Since then, he’s made Cowboys & Aliens, Chef, and the upcoming reimagining of The Jungle Book. For whatever reason, this Disney project continues to sit on the sidelines.
Favreau is still attached to the project, and according to him, if all goes well for The Jungle Book, we might finally see it happen. Read his brief but promising Magic Kingdom update below.
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Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
A little less than a year ago, the very first footage from The Jungle Book brought the house down at Disney’s D23 expo, with critics raving about the “next level” animation. This past weekend, the first reviews from the full-length film finally hit theaters, and… well, it turns out critics still like it a whole heck of a lot.
Reviews range from fairly positive to really positive, but a general consensus has formed around a couple of elements: one, the 3D is some of the best we’ve seen since Avatar, and two, Idris Elba‘s Shere Khan makes for one terrifying villain. Find out what else the critics had to say in our Jungle Book reviews round-up below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Unlike their Star Wars or Marvel movies, Disney’s animated features don’t fit into a single shared universe. They do, however, very often reference each other, via sneaky little Easter eggs. Even their latest, Zootopia, gets in on the fun, despite taking place in a universe where human beings don’t actually exist. We told you about one of Zootopia‘s many Easter eggs back before the film even hit theaters, and now that it’s actually out, several more have been discovered. Below, check out some of the Zootopia Easter eggs you might have missed. Read More »
The most effective pieces of marketing for Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book have been the trailers and clips that focus on character instead of action. It’s one thing to create an entirely digital jungle full of photo-realistic animated animals, but it’s another thing altogether to make us care about those creatures and their sprawling home.
But if spectacle is what you want, the new IMAX trailer for the film has got it in spades. Running! Jumping! Smashing! Yelling! Fire! Etc.! The movie looks impressively huge. For those who want a something a little more low-key and charming, there’s also Bill Murray and Neel Sethi singing “The Bare Necessities” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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I may have shrugged at the earliest teaser trailer for The Jungle Book, the one that was 98% jumping through an unfinished CGI jungle, but I’ll give credit where credit is due: the past few months have made me genuinely excited to see what director Jon Favreau does with this material. The most recent trailer is brimming with personality and charm. Those photo-realistic animal characters really do look stunning. The first clip from the film showcased strong vocal performances, killer visual effects, and strong sense of place. Yeah, I’m on board. Never bet against a Jon Favreau movie, unless the words “cowboys” and “aliens” are in the title.
And now, here’s another new clip, just in case you need some additional convincing.
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