Childhood favorite, “The Jungle Book,” revived for the big screens


Neel Sethi plays the man-cub Mowgli and Ben Kingsley plays Bagheera, the black panther who sees himself as the parent figure to Mowgli.

Jessica Salguero

Rudyard Kipling’s beloved childhood classic, “The Jungle Book,” will return to the big screen, reimagined with both live-action and computer-generated imagery to create a unique and realistic family feature.

Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a young man-cub that was found by the black panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley). As the boy continues to age, the bear Baloo (Bill Murray) helps him learn the ways of the jungle. However, once Mowgli turns 10, the jungle animals decide it’s time for him to return to the village due to the arrival of the fearsome tiger Shere-Khan (Idris Elba).

While traveling through the jungle, Mowgli encounters the troublesome python Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) that attempts to hypnotize the man-cub and King Louie (Christopher Walken) who tries to coerce the secret of fire from him.

Director Jon Favreau and Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn both grew up with the book and movie portrayal of the classic tale and were responsible for this remake. Trailers and teasers have been released recently giving the first looks at the finalized version of this new film.

Lots of time and energy was put into making sure this project turned out as perfect as possible. There were slight changes from the 1967 film to this newer production, such as creating a creature called the Gigantopithecus in the place of the Orangutans due to the part of the world this movie is concerned with.

“The Jungle Book” is only the first of the classic Disney films being remade from animation into CGI. The new CIG remake of “The Legend of Tarzan” will be in theaters July of this year and there is a possibility that other well-known classics will soon follow.