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Old 03-18-2016, 09:37 AM   #26
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If you have the time, do take a tour around the 'net and read a few of the interviews Favreau has done and how he describes the process on this flick being almost identical to an animated feature.

With all that CGI, why wouldn't it be?
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Mine should be. It was going to be until they changed the release date to next year when I'll actually be in Kipling country. Now I'm not sure if it will even be in theatres when I get back.



And it did. On the teevee. Jon Favreau stopped by the Access Hollywood studio to debut the trailer for the general public. The high-quality version wasn't released until earlier today.



Quick thoughts: This doesn't appear to be a straight adaptation/remake/whatever of the '67 version. There are too many shots of other chapters in the Mowgli stories for it to be a genuine remake.

The animals look great. It's especially nice to have Kaa back to [sic] his true form. Still not keen on ScarJo's voicework though.

Poor Lungri.

Is Hathi going to let in the jungle?!

I think It looks fantastic I can't wait!!!!

I love the fact that It looks like a big homage to the original Disney cartoon. something that might be throwing some people off about the voice acting with the lip-sync looking weird, the Animals look so real VS the Disney cartoon that was well a traditional animation cartoon.

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With all that CGI, why wouldn't it be?

It's more about approach and process; the animators were there from beginning to end rather than sloughing it off to the VFX team after principle photography was completed.

The second Hindi-language trailer was released yesterday. While it recycles a lot of footage from the US trailers, there's quite a bit of new footage too. Of note: our first good look at Akela and Raksha. Dig Irrfan Khan's take on Shere Khan too!

Please note: A massive, massive spoiler is seemingly confirmed if you're even remotely familiar with the book. Stop about halfway through. Or just don't watch it at all if you want to go in blind.

You have been warned.



That's Amrish Om Puri doing work as Baloo; Quantico star Priyanka Chopra voicing Kaa and the aforementioned Irrfan Khan as Shere Khan;

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I love the fact that It looks like a big homage to the original Disney cartoon.

While there are definite homages or nods to Disney's animated classic in this version -- Kaa attempting to eat Mowgli, the Bare Necessities, etc. -- I'm not sure that's the right term. This flick appears to be hewing quite close to the book in terms of tone and structure, and as such has quickly become it's own thing. It's as different from the '67 version as the '94 version is different from both of these 'animated' offerings.

Also released yesterday were a handful of promotional photos featuring the principle cast members posing along side their animated counterparts. They're all class, but these are my favorites.



THE JUNGLE BOOK

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Old 03-22-2016, 08:40 PM   #29
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It's more about approach and process; the animators were there from beginning to end rather than sloughing it off to the VFX team after principle photography was completed.

The second Hindi-language trailer was released yesterday. While it recycles a lot of footage from the US trailers, there's quite a bit of new footage too. Of note: our first good look at Akela and Raksha. Dig Irrfan Khan's take on Shere Khan too!

Please note: A massive, massive spoiler is seemingly confirmed if you're even remotely familiar with the book. Stop about halfway through. Or just don't watch it at all if you want to go in blind.

You have been warned.



That's Amrish Om Puri doing work as Baloo; Quantico star Priyanka Chopra voicing Kaa and the aforementioned Irrfan Khan as Shere Khan;



While there are definite homages or nods to Disney's animated classic in this version -- Kaa attempting to eat Mowgli, the Bare Necessities, etc. -- I'm not sure that's the right term. This flick appears to be hewing quite close to the book in terms of tone and structure, and as such has quickly become it's own thing. It's as different from the '67 version as the '94 version is different from both of these 'animated' offerings.

Also released yesterday were a handful of promotional photos featuring the principle cast members posing along side their animated counterparts. They're all class, but these are my favorites.



THE JUNGLE BOOK

Full gallery here.
good points my friend
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:22 AM   #30
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The Tiger May Be King When He Fights Alone..

The Disney Machine has begun its marketing campaign -- saw my first bus shelter and billboard today. Character posters are also starting to appear in various places and lobbies.

But first, perhaps sensing some disquiet about Idris Elba's turn as Shere Khan, Disney's marketing team has released an "Intro to Shere Khan". (Which is really just a snippet of his speech upon arriving at the Peace Rock in "How Fear Came.")



Disney and Elba have wisely steered clear of trying to emulate George Sanders' now classic performance. Which would have been a hopeless task. And while I'm not quite sure how I would describe it yet, the more I hear the more I like Elba's take on the character.

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Full gallery over here.

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Old 03-28-2016, 03:12 PM   #31
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I was down on this, I admit. It's been a roller coaster. But I read a Favreau interview and his perspective is encouraging. I suspect it'll be a Tron: Legacy scenario where the initial expectation will let everyone down, but it'll grow on you with repeated viewings.

That said, enjoy some of the OST made available...



It's no George Burns, but it's uplifting and magnanimous.
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It's no George Burns, but it's uplifting and magnanimous.

I think his musical tastes run more towards The Beatles.



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Old 03-29-2016, 04:10 AM   #33
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I was down on this, I admit. It's been a roller coaster. But I read a Favreau interview and his perspective is encouraging. I suspect it'll be a Tron: Legacy scenario where the initial expectation will let everyone down, but it'll grow on you with repeated viewings.

It's gonna be as big as Avatar!

Well, that's one. Now if only the thread starter would show something resembling enthusiasm.


Dig the fur on Raksha! And the droplets of water as they pill on Bagheera's coat! It's not perfect, but that's great looking.



Baloo's getting ready for hibernation clip.



I despise Favreau's use of the term "content" when referring to a movie (contents come in a box), but this is the first of a series(?) of featurettes about the movie and its construction. Murray also chimes in with his first public thoughts and mentions a love for Kipling's original work.

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I saw it. Thank you Jon for not ruining my childhood. It's a solid film. It's not a blockbuster. I loved the Bruce Dickinson easter egg.

I'll be happy to see this through kiddo's eyes.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:22 PM   #35
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I saw it. Thank you Jon for not ruining my childhood. It's a solid film. It's not a blockbuster. I loved the Bruce Dickinson easter egg.

I'll be happy to see this through kiddo's eyes.

Wow, I hope to see it when it comes to a theater near me. I really do. Especially since a sequel was announced right away, gives me confidence that they think it will do well.

Jungle Book will have a sequel!
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:26 PM   #36
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Especially since a sequel was announced right away, gives me confidence that they think it will do well.[/url]

They did the same with Tron: Legacy. (The Hollywood Reporter confirmed it, beyond rumor)
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:36 PM   #37
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I loved the Bruce Dickinson easter egg.

Not just the cowbell reference., Did anyone catch the Caddyshack reference when Baloo said "no big deal"?
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I thought the CGI was great, but the songs were a little off-beat with the rest of the film. I'm not sure if my nostalgia is working on me or not, but I enjoyed the songs better in the original animated film.
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I loved the Jungle Book It had great Animation the landscapes were so real looking I thought sometimes I was looking At Real Jungle. you definitely Get lost In the world and Forget It is All CGI, The hair on all the Animals was so life Like! My favorite Characters were Baloo, Begheera, and the wolves! me and my dad don't get the complaints of the bad acting by the kid, we thought he was great! when you take into account he was the only real actor acting with green screen and nothing real I think he did a great job and it was his first part! I loved the Music especially the New Orleans style Music Dr. John and Kermit Ruffins !!!!! Over All It was Not as good as the Original Cartoon but a great time none the less !!!!!!!!
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It was okay. I think it's fueled by nostalgia for the 1967 animated film re-released in 1978, 1984, and 1990. Disney reheated this handful of Sherman brothers songs once before. I prefer there be a MacGuffin as in the 1942 or 1994 versions. Maybe that's not canonical, but remember these tales were plagiarized from the start: "it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen."

More Kipling here: The Man Who Would Be King.
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This is from the inside cover of my first edition of Kim.
I remember playing Kim's Game in Scouts, a great tradition.

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Maybe that's not canonical, but remember these tales were plagiarized from the start: "it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen."

How far down this rabbit hole do you want to go? Not only does the letter as quoted not admit to anything of the kind -- tone is important -- but you might as well shut this entire site down. Spielberg and Lucas plagiarized everything about Indiana Jones except maybe the assemblage of parts.

That said, I've been mulling over a response now that I've seen this on 2.5 continents and in three different languages. For now though, my response: It's not a home run, but it certainly is a ground rule double. The ending is still terrible in any language.

Quick look at the creation of the movie's visuals.



Worth reading as well:

Delving into the Photoreal World of Disney's 'Jungle Book' Remake

Longish interview with Favreau: Jon Favreau's Photoreal Jungle Adventure

Not Your Grandpa'sTalking Animals: How Animators Kept 'The Jungle Book' Real
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It's a great introduction for someone the right age. Now it gets interesting. There can't be another rehash except on Broadway, ice, or both. Favreau and Serkis must forge new ground with their 13 year old stars whose literary adventures conclude at 17 (I think). I'd wager there's some serious espionage going on.
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I loved the Jungle Book
Nice that you & your dad enjoyed it. Thanks for your review, Zoidberg.
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I remember playing Kim's Game in Scouts, a great tradition.
Same here! In my opinion, "Kim" is one of Kipling's best works and recommended reading for any adventure fans. The Great Game...

On the other hand, the video you embedded has dimwit written all over it.
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Nice that you & your dad enjoyed it. Thanks for your review, Zoidberg.
Same here! In my opinion, "Kim" is one of Kipling's best works and recommended reading for any adventure fans. The Great Game...

On the other hand, the video you embedded has dimwit written all over it.

What is the go with that 'Honest Trailers' make on the movie? Why did they change lyrics to perverted versions?
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If you haven't had a chance to see The Jungle Book yet, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced that the flick will be available to purchase on digital distribution platforms on 23 August 2016 and a week later for physical formats! (That's 30 August 2016.) A 3D edition will be coming later in the year that might be worth double dipping for.

Disney has been notoriously cheap/skimpy/whatever when it comes to bonus features of late, and this release doesn't appear to change that. The doc could be good, but it remains to be seen whether or not it'll be an edit of the featurettes that were released online prior to release. A commentary track is nice, but it's also going to depend on how engaged Favreau is. I've listened to a couple where the lone commentator was silent more often that not, and when they did speak it was to offer a quick anecdote.

BONUS FEATURES

The Jungle Book Reimagined (34:55) – Favreau sits down with producer Brigham Taylor and visual effects supervisor Robert Legato to discuss “The Jungle Book” and reflect on the years they devoted to the reimagining of this timeless tale. Discover how Rudyard Kipling’s original stories and the classic animated film influenced their unique approach, witness the technical wizardry that enabled the team to create a believable and thrilling movie-going experience, and learn how they borrowed a page from Walt Disney’s innovation playbook to make it all happen. Lastly, meet the all-star voice cast who help bring the film’s colorful characters to life, as well as the musicians who accent the adventure with a majestic music score.

I am Mowgli (7:57) – Follow the extraordinary journey of 12-year-old Neel Sethi, who was selected from thousands of hopefuls worldwide to play Mowgli “alongside” some of today’s biggest movie stars. Get a glimpse of Neel’s life before Hollywood came calling, check out his audition that sealed the deal, and see how a close-working relationship with Favreau brought out his best. Plus, Neel shares how filming “The Jungle Book” was one wild ride, from working alongside imaginary animals to performing some super-fun stunts.

King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer (3:24) – So, exactly how do you create a musical number featuring one man-cub, a massive, legendary ape and an army of wild and wily monkeys in the Seeonee jungle? Viewers are granted rare and unique access to the development of the “I Wan’na Be Like You” sequence in which King Louie attempts to coerce Mowgli into giving up Man’s deadly “red flower” (fire). A fast-moving musical progression reel showcases storyboards, animatics, Christopher Walken’s recording session and visual effects layers, which ultimately merge to form one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Audio Commentary by Jon Favreau – Favreau delivers his scene-by-scene perspective on the live-action adventure “The Jungle Book” with all the candor and humor you’d expect from this multi-talented actor-writer-director-producer.

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I'm sure some of you will be intrigued by the idea that Stephen Sommers' 1994 version of The Jungle Book is currently streaming on Hulu. Starring Pearl City's finest, Jason Scott Lee, and a really, really young Lena Heady this version eschews animation in all forms in favor of real life animals. Perhaps because of this, the film takes on more of a traditional action-adventure flick than other versions have.

The British Raj era clothes and uniforms by John Mollo are a particular highlight if you're interested in such things.




I've only put in a few minutes of viewing, but the image quality is clean overall. I've noticed a few spots and some dirt, so it definitely hasn't been remastered.

Still, it's highly worth watching!

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