It was mentioned online that this trailer hit US television yesterday morning and so to the UK audience that isn’t up to date with Disney’s live action ventures then this trailer probably passed you by.
If I’m honest I was a little sceptical of Disney’s announcement that a live action rework of The Jungle Book was in pre-production. The animated classic is a childhood favourite and like many individuals my age it informed much of my movie knowledge growing up. Alongside The Lion King, The Jungle Book was a sight to behold on the tiny 11″ kitchen VHS set-up.
So you can understand my apprehension when this was announced. However, following the four second teaser over the weekend that gave us a glimpse of the dense Indian jungle, there was a sense of mystery that begs the viewer to explore. Jump to today and Disney have finally released a trailer for us to dissect, applaud, and breakdown for our readers.
My only issue with this trailer is that Scarlett Johansson’s voice is a little too friendly compared to the Kaa from the animated version. Voiced by Sterling Holloway, famous for his long standing association with animation, most notable of course his work as Winnie the Pooh. Holloway gave Kaa a ssssss-inister slur with his elegant hypnotic sss-peech. And yet, while Favreau’s dense mysterious vision of Mowgli’s jungle is a marvel to look at, the whole trailer is let down by Johansson’s largely inadequate casting.
I hope I am proved wrong when The Jungle Book is released in the UK in April of 2016 because it does look impressive in the short 2 minute glimpse we’re given in the trailer. Although Johansson’s casting is questionable I’m still in awe at the cast Disney have managed to put together, the majority of which is perfect on paper.
Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, and my favourite of them all, Christopher Walken as King Louie. If the film is as good as the talent combined then The Jungle Book will certainly be one to look out for next year.
In case you aren’t sure why Christopher Walken is such an inspired choice as King Louie just imagine him reenacting this classic Dinsey scene from the 1967 original. Oh and throw in Bill Murray as Baloo for good measure.
~ Happy Viewing ~