The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and written by Justin Marks. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name, The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI film that tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan.
The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli, along with voice and motion capture performances from Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken.
- Starring : Bill Murray / Ben Kingsley
- Genre : Adventure / Drama / Family / Fantasy
- Country : United Kingdom / United States
- Language : English
- Director : Jon Favreau
- Production : Fairview Entertainment / Moving Picture Company (MPC) / Prime Focus / Walt Disney Pictures
- Distributor : Cinecolor Films / Columbia Pictures / Feelgood Entertainment / Forum Hungary / NOS Audiovisuais / Walt Disney Company Nordic / Walt Disney Studios Japan / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) / Cartoon Network / Freeform / TNT / Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) / Viaplay / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
The Jungle Book movie
The Jungle Book release date
- April 4, 2016 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- April 7, 2016 : Australia
- April 7, 2016 : Philippines
- April 7, 2016 : Singapore
- April 8, 2016 : India
- April 13, 2016 : France
- April 13, 2016 : Sweden
- April 14, 2016 : Germany
- April 14, 2016 : Israel
- April 15, 2016 : Canada
- April 15, 2016 : Spain
- April 15, 2016 : UK
- April 15, 2016 : Ireland
- April 15, 2016 : USA
- July 27, 2016 : Japan (Kabuki-za) (premiere)
- August 11, 2016 : Japan
The Jungle Book cast
- Neel Sethi as Mowgli
- Bill Murray as Baloo(voice)
- Ben Kingsley as Bagheera(voice)
- Idris Elba as Shere Khan(voice)
- Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha(voice)
- Scarlett Johansson as Kaa(voice)
- Giancarlo Esposito as Akela(voice)
- Christopher Walken as King Louie(voice)
- Garry Shandling as Ikki(voice)
- Brighton Rose as Gray(voice)
- Emjay Anthony as Young Wolf(voice)
- Max Favreau as Young Wolf(voice)
- Chloe Hechter as Young Wolf(voice)
- Asher Blinkoff as Young Wolf(voice)
- Knox Gagnon as Young Wolf(voice)
Favreau, Marks, and producer Brigham Taylor developed the film’s story as a balance between Disney’s animated adaptation and Kipling’s original works, borrowing elements from both into the film. Principal photography commenced in 2014, with filming taking place entirely in Los Angeles. The film required extensive use of computer-generated imagery to portray the animals and settings.
The Jungle Book was released in the United States in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, D-Box, and premium large formats, on April 15, 2016. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $966 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 30th-highest-grossing film of all time. The film received praise for its visual effects, vocal performances, direction, musical score, and its faithfulness to the original animated film. It won accolades for achievements in visual effects at the 89th Academy Awards, 22nd Critics’ Choice Awards and 70th British Academy Film Awards. A sequel is in development, with Favreau and Marks set to return as director/producer and writer, respectively.
Mowgli is a “man-cub” raised by the Indian wolf Raksha and her pack, led by Akela, in an Indian jungle ever since he was brought to them as an infant by the black panther Bagheera. Bagheera trains Mowgli to learn the ways of the wolves, but the boy faces certain challenges and falls behind his wolf siblings, while Akela objects to him using human “tricks”, like building tools, instead of learning the ways of the pack.
One day, during the dry season, the jungle animals gather to drink the water that remains as part of a truce during a drought that enables the jungle’s wildlife to drink without fear of their predators. The truce is disrupted when a fire-scarred bengal tiger named Shere Khan arrives, detecting Mowgli’s scent in the crowd. Consumed by a vendetta against humans for scarring him with fire, he threatens to kill Mowgli at the end of the drought. After the drought ends, the wolves debate whether or not they should keep Mowgli. Mowgli decides to leave the jungle for the safety of his pack. Bagheera volunteers to guide him to the nearby man-village.
En route, Shere Khan ambushes them, but Mowgli manages to escape amidst a water buffalo stampede. Later, Mowgli meets an enormous reticulated python named Kaa, who hypnotizes him. While under her influence, Mowgli sees a vision of his father being killed by Shere Khan while protecting him. Kaa attempts to devour Mowgli, but she is attacked by a himalayan brown bear named Baloo who rescues the unconscious Mowgli. Mowgli later awakens and retrieves some difficult-to-access honey for Baloo as repayment, with the two bonding in the process. Mowgli agrees to stay with Baloo until the winter season arrives. Meanwhile, upon learning that Mowgli has left the jungle, Shere Khan kills Akela and threatens the pack to lure Mowgli out.
Bagheera eventually finds Mowgli and Baloo and is shocked that Mowgli has not joined the humans as he had agreed, but Baloo calms him down and persuades both of them to sleep on it. During the night, Mowgli finds a herd of Indian elephants gathered around a ditch and uses vines to save their baby. Although Baloo and Bagheera are impressed, Baloo realizes that he cannot guarantee Mowgli’s safety after learning that he is being hunted by Shere Khan. Baloo agrees to push Mowgli away to get him to continue onward to the man village.
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