The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Hits theaters TODAY April 15!
Now, the question is WHY you should see it. So let’s look at some FUN FACTS!
SLAM DUNK – At full stretch, Baloo can reach nearly 15 feet high.
The free-spirited bear is so heavy and sports so much fur, he took nearly five hours per frame to render.
WHAT’S IN A NAME – Mother wolf Raksha is aptly named. In Hindi, Raksha means protector.
SO BIG – Artists at WETA took some creative license when it came to King Louie, borrowing a legendary character—Gigantopithecus—and exaggerating his size. King Louie stands 12 feet tall.
LOINCLOTH LOGIC – Mowgli sports a red loincloth in the film, but costume designer Laura Jean Shannon had her work cut out for her. “Mowgli’s immersed in water and mud, he gets rained on, he runs,” says Shannon. “We even rigged a hidden safety harness into the costume because Mowgli hangs on tree limbs and cliffs. Each of the loincloths—we ended up with 16 or 17—had a very specific purpose.”
Shannon built a “suit of armor” from the leaves of an alocasia tree (known as elephant ear plant). The garment showcased how the intelligent man-cub would protect himself from angry bees before collecting honey for Baloo.
DETAILS, DETAILS – The team at Moving Picture Company (MPC) were responsible for animating more than 70 species, crafting 100 million leaves and simulating earth, fire, and water. A team of more than 800 computer graphics artists spent more than a year on the project.
BUILDING A JUNGLE – Artists digitally built most of the jungle environment that appears in the film, creating moss, bark, rock, water, grass, trees, leaves that were all inspired by their real-life counterparts in India. The virtual environment makes up 80 percent of the film frame 100 percent of the time.
PLACES, PLEASE – Filmmakers utilized motion capture technology to help them visualize the entire film prior to live-action production kicking off. The process involves special body suits adorned with dots that translate into the computer. Even director Jon Favreau suited up for select scenes.
ME AND MY SHADOW – One of the challenges filmmakers faced by pairing a live action Mowgli with computer-generated animal counterparts was that the CG creatures were unable to cast shadows on real-life Mowgli. Visual effects supervisor Rob Legato developed a system that allowed filmmakers to project light and shadows onto Mowgli that represent the creatures that are moving near him.
I was pleasantly surprised at the difference between the 3D version and the regular one. I’m not usually a huge 3D supporter because let’s face it movies are expensive. HOWEVER, this film should be seen in 3D. The visuals are incredible and watching it in 3D immerses you within the Jungle. The story is different from what you remember from the animated version and I enjoyed the journey. I was glad that things were different but still familiar. There are just enough musical scenes to love, but not too many to take away from the film. I’ve seen the film twice already and can’t wait to get home and show it to the family! So grab YOUR family and head to the theaters this weekend to see The Jungle Book!
Also, in a quick cameo is Mr. Pangolin himself. What is a Pangolin? Pangolins are ” the most endangered group of mammals in the world” and they live across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Apparently the Director. Mr. Jon Faverau himself is a HUGE fan of the Pangolins and their fight. So check out this infographic below for more info on these beautiful animals:
***Disclosure: I attended the #JungleBookEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***