14 thoughts on “The Jungle Book, Brought to Semi-Life

  1. So still more Disney’s Jungle Book and less Kipling’s Jungle Book.

    Will Christopher Walken sing “I Wanna Be Like You?”

  2. I’ve always prefered Disney’s version to Kipling’s, personally. I’ve no desire to see a live action version, though. The original was quite good enough.

  3. It’s interesting that both this Jungle Book and Jungle Book: Origins (2017) have women as the voice of Kaa. Here it’s Scarlett Johansson and in Origins it’s Cate Blanchett. In the original Disney it was Sterling Holloway. Kipling had Kaa as a mentor, but she doesn’t sound very friendly (or maybe she’s too friendly) in this trailer.

    Having Idris Elba (2016) and Benedict Cumberbatch (2017) do Shere Khan should cause some swooning over in the lands of tumblr.

  4. I quite liked the live-action 1942 film, starring Sabu as Mowgli. But I was less than 10 years old when I saw it, and hadn’t yet read Kipling, which I first did a few years later. I have no idea how that film would stand up today.
    The 1967 animated version is in no way “the original”. This one shows some promise, since it doesn’t appear to have those stupid songs in it, that Disney always felt were mandatory in animated films, although the official Disney website says that it’s “based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film”, which is less promising. Hopefully the “inspired by” only includes things such as the character of “King Louie”, invented by Disney.

  5. I meant Disney’s original as opposed to this remake in my comment. Also, I happen to like the songs in the Jungle Book. Even after reading the original book, I prefer Disney’s version.

  6. If they’re going to keep remaking movie versions of the Jungle Book, I wish someone would do “Red Dog” or “the King’s Ankus”

  7. The one that’s begging for a remake is “Kim”.
    Greatest anything by Kipling , one of the absolute greatest in English Lit., and works perfectly as an adventure story.
    The 1950 movie isn’t bad at all, but nobody sees it now.
    It also has a set of “messages” that are on a different plane than our modern arguments.

  8. Not a remake of anything, but The Game, by Laurie R. King, is a fun read, in which Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell meet Kim. Best to read this in sequence, after the previous six Holmes & Russell books, starting with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

  9. I don’t know about this trailer. The whole thing left me feeling like I never got off the island in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, full of oversized CGI critters, a booming soundtrack, and gratuitous action sequences with unrealistic physics. Hopefully that’s just dramatic-trailer-syndrome though.

  10. I’m still disappointed Disney stopped adapting their rides before they got to Space Mountain.

    Yeah it probably would’ve sucked. But I wanted to know how they’d explain the title.

  11. The soundtrack makes it SOUND like Iron Man… and the action packed trailer does nothing to dispel that impression. I never thought of the Kipling stories as fundamentally adventurous, though. They were atmospheric and thought provoking. This movie may be faithful to that first quality, but the second? At least there’ll be no “Bear Necessities” or Phil Harris and his good ol’ boy mannerisms.

    Yes, they definitely should include “The King’s Anke!”

  12. Director Jon Favreau did a great job helming his last movie, “Chef,” which I highly recommend and is on Netflix (he’s also confirmed that the movie’s a metaphor for his work on studio films, which adds a nice layer). That said, don’t know if this is a must-see for me.

  13. Disney fucking things up as usual. Stop plaguing us with your family-friendly conservative bullshit, Disney. Nobody’s eating that shit up anymore, you corporate-minded maniacs. Everyone knows Disney’s only in it for the money.

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