Impressive Look at How Jon Favreau Made 'The Jungle Book' in LA
by Alex Billington
April 29, 2016
If you've seen Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book already, you know it's a wonderful film set in a lush jungle with lovable characters. Aside from Mowgli, played by youngster Neel Sethi, every other character is a CG animal. And here's the craziest part - the film was shot entirely in downtown Los Angeles. How did they pull this off? Lots and lots of blue screen (and CGI). Disney has released a behind-the-scenes featurette showing some of the special sets and other tricks they used to film this movie - it's impressive to see. In addition, SlashFilm has some photos of the making of The Jungle Book with details like that 224 unique animals were created, and the average render time per frame was 19 hours. The magic of Hollywood. Take a look below.
Here's the behind-the-scenes featurette for Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, from Disney's YouTube:
Click the image below to see behind-the-scenes photos and learn more about the making of this movie.
You can see the full trailer for Favreau's The Jungle Book here, and read Jeremy's review of the movie.
The Jungle Book is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, Zathura, Made) and written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), based on Rudyard Kipling's classic book of the same name. The film follows a young boy named Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray voice the animal characters. Disney released The Jungle Book in theaters April 15th - now playing.
This really was a pretty remarkable film. I hope they don't needless make a sequel.
DAVIDPD on May 1, 2016
Already announced a sequel, actually. 😛
Wes Draven on May 2, 2016
the movie worked ? Let's make a Franchise of it!
tarek on May 6, 2016
In all fairness, The Jungle Book is a concept that could be pursued further. Kipling did two books after all, and a lot of what was in the first book didn't make it in the film, they could likely mix-and-match those elements into something, and with the director and writers on-board for the sequel, why not?
Wes Draven on May 7, 2016
I'm afraid this will be the next Hobbit. They will stretch the story until it becomes a Star wars Holiday special.
tarek on May 7, 2016
... I mean, Hobbit was three films made from one book. This is one film, soon to be two, made from .. two books, and it's sort-of an easy concept to work with.
Wes Draven on May 8, 2016
Agreed. But will they stop at 2 movies or will they go the F&F way?...
tarek on May 9, 2016
Agreed - done right, and without planning for a a third, they could make a decent 2nd movie. For example, I'm guessing they specifically only gave us a glimpse of Kaa, because they're going to use him (sorry, I'm a purist) again in the second. But thats ont thing that Disney got wrong in the animated series and kinda got wrong again in the live-action : Kaa is not a villian. He's one of Mowglis mentors and often saviours. Its almost as if they took the "typical human view" of snakes and applied it to Kaa even though Kipling made a point of not using him in that way. All that said, no matter how they turn out, I'm just loving that as an adult I'm getting to see live-action versions of my childhood come to life ! 🙂
Laven Pillay on Oct 11, 2016
"Needless" is the trick there, i think. It may be needless for you or I, but for the Studio Execs and Shareholders nothing that can make them loads of money is "needless", sadly. That said, there _is_ more core/known story to be told, so at least one more is okay, I guess - specifically when Mowgli interacts with the humans and more "conflict" is created within him. Also - for a more adult "non-Disney" take, Warner Bros, and Andy Serkis are doing another one, to be released in 2018, i believe.
Laven Pillay on Oct 11, 2016
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