Disney has worked their magic again with the release of The Jungle Book, which is available now on Digital HD and Blu-ray. I had heard that the movie was gorgeous, but that due to some fight sequences it would likely be too much for my sensitive girls to handle at the movie theatre, so I have been waiting impatiently for The Jungle Book to arrive for home viewing.
We were sent a copy a few weeks ago but didn’t have a chance to sit down and watch it until this past weekend. My oldest was a little apprehensive, because she remembered me saying that I thought it would be too scary in the theatre, but thankfully everyone really enjoyed it! The voice work was impeccable, and Neel Sethi (the actor who played Mowgli) was incredible. It is amazing to think that almost everything was created by computers as everything looks so real! There was lots of action, humour, and even some familiar songs.
Here is what Disney has to say about The Jungle Book:
In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. The all-star cast includes Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as the voice of Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”) as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, Idris Elba (“Beast of No Nation”) roars as the voice of Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) lends his iconic voice to King Louie.
To my surprise, the girls also really enjoyed the bonus feature “The Jungle Book Reimagined”, which explained how the movie was made. It was so interesting to see Neel Sethi running on a treadmill, or interacting with puppets, and then watching how they made the scene feel real.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of “The Jungle Book” to facilitate my review post. All opinions expressed are always my own!