The First Trailer Is Out For Disney's The Jungle Book 2016

Disney's Motion Pictures machine is on the ball again turning one of its beloved animated classics into a brand new, star studded, live action blockbuster. The latest familiar childhood tale to get a make-over of epic proportions is The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, about the unique adventures of Mowgli the man-cub.

The Jungle Book In Theaters April 15, 2016The Jungle Book In Theaters April 15, 2016

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what I first thought about this re-make. To begin with, I'm not so sure I think Disney needs to be remaking its animated classics, and to do a new movie that would rely so heavily on a modern melding of live action with the necessary animation of the animals seemed like a tall order. However this is Disney we're talking about - a company started by the pioneer of that magical mix, if anyone could do it, it would be them. With the release of a new trailer this week fans can finally get a glimpse into the lush and enchanting world that's been created as a backdrop for The Jungle Book, seamlessly blending our live-action hero with photorealistic CGI animals and environments.

Using the very latest technology and storytelling techniques Iron Man's Jon Favreau directs a story Disney fans know. The young boy Mowgli (played by newcomer Neel Sethi) finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle with his wolf-pack when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), promises to eliminate the threat of man's encroachment into the natural world. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley), and the loveable free-spirited bear Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray).

Take a look at the trailer for yourself...

The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016

So - what do you think? Looks enticing doesn't it? A little darker, a bit more of a primal of a path into the jungle. The LA Times called it a "a mixture of reverent nods, new twists and stunning scenery." Leave a comment and let us know if the Jungle Book is on your list of must see movies in 2016!

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