Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley
The Jungle Book was awesome.
Fantastic animation, fantastic voice acting (mostly), and some surprisingly great cinematography. I really loved the voice work, the performances were simply iconic (my favourites being too hard to pick between Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Bill Murray as Baloo and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera). Scarlett Johansson was the odd one out: I didn’t hear Kaa speaking, I heard Scarlet Johansson, though her scene was one of the most visually interesting in the film.
I heard a rumour that the casting crew went through one thousand kids before being satisfied with an actor for Mowgli. If it’s true, then it totally payed off, as the kid was totally convincing, and written a lot like an actual kid, which is a rare feat. Also, he’s acting entirely against a cast of animated creatures and makes it believable. Serious props.
The animation was good enough that I was able to buy these photorealistic animals speak. Seriously, check out this clip it’s super impressive.
Check it out.