The Jungle Book (2016) is a fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview Entertainment. The film is a live-action film that is based on the original Walt Disney’s 1967 film of the same name. Released on 4th April 2016, the film is directed by Jon Favreau and features a cast consisting of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson.
How to The Jungle Book (2016)
To stream or to download the full movie click on the Download button which is located at the end of the review. The film is available on iTunes in several languages versions, although sadly without the much sought Tamil or Hindi. It’s worth to know that there is also another movie of the same title, also created by Walt Disney. Contrary to the 2016 version it is fully animated. It was released in 1967.
The Film Review
The Jungle Book revolves around a man-cub named Mowgli who was brought to a pack of wolves as a baby by the black panther Bagheera. As Mowgli begins to grow up, he learns the way of wolves but not without showing his human instincts which causes a concern for the pack.
One day, as part of the agreement between the jungle animals during the drought season, Mowgli and the pack go to drink water from the river but are interrupted by a scarred tiger named Shere Khan who threatens to break the agreement unless the panthers get rid of Mowgli.
Consequently, the leader of the pack, a wolf named Raksha, discuss this issue with the rest and eventually decide upon giving away Mowgli to a nearby human village. During his journey, Mowgli gets attacked by Shere Khan but manages to escape and finds a sloth bear named Baloo.
Meanwhile, Shere Khan attacks and manages to kill Raksha whose death remains unknown to Mowgli until he meets King Louie of the monkeys. Upon learning this information, Mowgli becomes enraged and decides to face Shere Khan alone.
Regardless, Baloo and Bagheera intervene and restrain Shere Khan, giving Mowgli just enough time to set up a trap. He then lures Shere Khan up a dead tree, onto a branch where he eventually falls and dies in the fire caused by Mowgli. The film ends as Mowgli decides to learn the way of the pack and keep his humanly tricks to himself from now on. At the same time, Bagheera becomes the leader of the wolves as Mowgli and Baloo go back with them to live happily.
The Jungle Book (2016): the Movie Production
The Jungle Book’s main success depended upon its realistic graphics which featured lifelike animals all designed through CGI. The main companies involved in creating the visual effects for the film includes Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Weta Digital.
MPC was mainly responsible for creating the muscular structures in the animals that were displayed whereas Weta Digital created the whole King Louie sequence. In addition to that, directed Favreau, along with the animation companies visited over 1000 remote jungle locations in India which were photographed and used in the sequence.
The Jungle Movie Music
The official musical soundtrack for the film was composed by John Debney. The renowned song called The Bare Necessities was performed by Murray and Sethi.
The Bottom Line
Overall, The Jungle Book did considerably well at the box office by grossing over $966 million at the box office. It also managed to win an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 89th Academy Awards. Compared to most live-action films, The Jungle Book certainly managed to make an impact on its viewers by setting up a particular standard for other films to follow.