Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Trailer Break: The Jungle Book


So, these live-action Disney recreations are getting tiresome, I agree, but there is something in me that has been anticipating this ever since it was announced based on the voice-cast alone.  Like, Johansson, Nyong'o, Walken, Elba, Murray, Kingsley...like, these are actors with GREAT voices, and so the idea of them using those in this setting seemed so perfect.  I've been a little skeptical as to how they were going to spin this into a live-action film with talking animals and not have it look...cheap...and here it is.  The action looks sharp, the sets look dynamic, the visuals look remarkable and Scarlett Johansson's silky voice lacing the whole trailer is perfection.

But, yes, the most beautiful note at the end is Baloo whistling The Bare Necessities!

I'm all in for this.  I mean, this was kind of perfect, right?

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  1. The live action version of the Jungle Book that came out in the 90's is one of the only two films I've actually walked out of in theaters. I'm skeptical. "Live action Jungle Book" just leaves a bad taste in my mouth now. ha

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    1. LOL, that movie was awful. This trailer already looks like an improvement.

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  2. I'm curious about this...can't say I'm actually anxious, though.

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    1. Considering that I only get to see, like, five films in the theater a year, and they are generally all children's movies...I can say I get anxious when one actually looks good.

      :-D

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  3. Uh.... I'm sold on Scarlett as the snake but.... I'm not fond of the look of the entire film. It looks overly CGI.

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    1. I've watched the trailer a few times, and I don't think it looks that bad, actually. I think the CGI looks well groomed to hold a sense of reality to it.

      And yes, Johansson's voice is pitch perfect for Kaa.

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  4. I love the charm and music from the 1967 Disney animated version. Agree with Steven this new one looks like a CGI-fest. I'm intrigued about the voice acting, so I might give it a try at some point

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    1. I'm a fan of the Disney original as well. I love the nod to it in the end.

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  5. Just saw this last night and I'm definitely intrigued. Like you said, the voice cast is amazing... Johansson, Nyong'o, Walken, Elba, Murray, Kingsley, wow! I love Johansson's voice, she's so perfect here as the narrator.

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    1. The voice cast is, quite possibly, the best I've ever seen for this kind of film.

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  6. I'm definitely against this. And agree with thevoid - too CGI looking.

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    1. But how else is this supposed to look? I mean, it needs to be CGI, right? And quite frankly, I think this CGI looks pretty great. Much better than Noah's animals!

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  7. I'm a little iffy on it, but I'll definitely give it a chance. It can't be any worse than the Alice in Wonderland remake.

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  8. This does look quite good! I am going to look forward to seeing this one for sure. From what I see here I agree with you, Drew, it doesn't look too CGI-I have seen much, much worse and they have to use CGI a lot in this to make it work. Funny, I have seen the original (??) from , I think it is 1942, starring Sabu. I have not seen the animated one yet

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    1. The Disney version is a nice little film. It's got great music. It's not top tier Disney, but it's nice.

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  9. "But, yes, the most beautiful note at the end is Baloo whistling The Bare Necessities!"

    I agree! Looking forward to this (and the other version coming out).
    The most alluring thing about ScarJo has always been her voice (Her being a perfect example), so looking forward to seeing how she does in this.

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