'The Jungle Book' Buzz Is Building; Watch the Latest Clips

'The Jungle Book' Buzz Is Building; Watch the Latest Clips

Apr 06, 2016

The Jungle Book

Who could have imagined that another version of The Jungle Book would inspire a ton of positive buzz in advance of its release? Sure, director Jon Favreau scored big with Will Ferrell in Elf and helped kick off the modern superhero age with Iron Man, but Iron Man 2 fell short of expectations and Cowboys & Aliens was, to put it kindly, an ambitious disappointment.

When he boarded the project in November 2013, Favreau stated: "The hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements… [with] action elements and visual effects," which sounded like a combination of Disney's 1967 animated and 1994 live-action versions. Even as well-known actors like Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o joined the voice cast in early 2014, we wondered how the movie woud fare with a young, inexperienced actor (Neel Sethi) in the lead role as Mowgli.  

We need worry no more, it seems. Early reviews from critics have been quite positive:.

"Just as enchanting as one could wish for, fully justifying the update and showcasing the technology available. There isn’t a missed beat." -- HeyUGuys.

"The tigers and the turtles talk in Jon Favreau‘s reimagining of the classic Disney cartoon -- and the visual trickery satisfies both the eyes and the emotions." -- The Wrap.

"The exceptional visual quality and lifelike animal renditions remain stunning throughout." -- The Hollywood Reporter.

"Maintaining the buoyant heartbeat beneath all the digital flash, Favreau never loses sight of the fact that he’s making an adventure story for children." -- Variety.

To whet our appetites further, here's a new video about the voice cast, which expanded to include Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and more.

 

Lupita Nyong'o introduces another video that includes a spectacular extended look at the movie.

 

In this video, director Favreau explains why he wanted to make the new version, and several voice actors chip in with their views.

 

Though a fair amount of the footage makes the movie look like a serious adventure story, the filmmakers have also made room for more lighthearted moments, like this gentle scene between Mowgli and Baloo, voiced by Bill Murray.

 

The Jungle Book opens in theaters on April 15. Will you go see it on opening weekend?

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