The first trailer for Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book remake came out Monday. I loved the first one as a kid and it still holds up today.
The new Jungle Book takes a very different direction though going with CGI animal rather than animated ones. The CGI is pretty impressive and the settings that we see throughout the jungle are beautiful. There was one really cool wide shot of a waterfall that I noticed in particular.
There are many big names attached to this movie like Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansen, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, and many more. The main thing that’s on my mind right now is whether or not they’re going to sing. There was one scene at the end of the trailer where Baloo is whistling the bare necessities but that may just be a throwback to the old movie. If the characters do sing it will definitely look a little odd, at least at the beginning since the animals look so realistic.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie had a more serious tone than the animated one just based on the trailer and the choice of CGI animals. At the end of the day I don’t really care what they do as long as they don’t go too far off the path of the first movie. I’m not opposed to a different version of the story. I just really don’t feel like re watching the first movie just redone with CGI.
It seems like a whole slew of Disney movies are being remade into live action now. Beauty and the Beast is in production and Pete’s Dragon was announced. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a live action Snow White, soon. Honestly, Disney’s plans are very smart. They’re striking up nostalgia in adults and bringing kids to the theatre with animals and princesses.
We’re going through a time right now when remakes are very common which have their pros and cons. They should really just handle it like Mad Max: Fury Road, though, and continue the series if anything. The new Mad Max could easily have been considered a remake and just knowing that all of the movies are connected is fulfilling. Hell, you could even do a spin-off. Overall, I’m still excited for the new movies and seeing new directors takes on the story.
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