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 »

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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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The Jungle Book Honest Trailer

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 »

Tom Whalen The Jungle Book print

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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The Jungle Book trailer

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 WonderlandMaleficent, 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 featurette

The Jungle Book‘s voice cast is stacked with talent. Sir Ben KingsleyBill Murray, Lupita Nyong’oChristopher WalkenScarlett JohanssonIdris 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 & AliensChef, 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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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 »

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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 »