Today is the day! The Jungle Book is now available on Blu-Ray/ DVD.
Last week, I shared with my interview with Producer Brigham Taylor and Visual Effect Supervisor Rob Legato.
During this Q & A, it was asked how do you choose what is going to go in as a bonus feature. From the very beginning , they had a crew capturing them behind the scenes. Brigham Taylor shared, “We have a great team at Disney that produces …..and they have fresh perspective in saying this was really fascinating.”
Rob Legato said, “The behind the scenes team at Disney actually was the ones that just really knew, getting all this material and they were coming up just like an audience member, I didn’t know you did it that way and they were being enthusiastic about it.
You will learn about all of this and more in the bonus entitled:
“The Jungle Book” Reimagined – Favreau sits down with producer Brigham Taylor and visual effects supervisor Robert Legato to discuss “The Jungle Book” and reflect on the years they devoted to the reimagining of this timeless tale. Discover how Rudyard Kipling’s original stories and the classic animated film influenced their unique approach, witness the technical wizardry that enabled the team to create a believable and thrilling movie-going experience, and learn how they borrowed a page from Walt Disney’s innovation playbook to make it all happen. Lastly, meet the all-star voice cast who help bring the film’s colorful characters to life, as well as the musicians who accent the adventure with a majestic music score.
In this part of the video, I see my friend, Artie Esposito as the puppeteer and man in blue suit that helps the film come to life. There are pictures of some of the roles that he played behind the scenes. Here are some of those shots from The Art of The Jungle Book by Ellen Wolf.
Below is a behind the scenes photo of Esposito creating “The Bare Necessities” scene. Instead of just using the typical tennis ball, they used puppets, eyes on their hand and other times, they themselves acted like the animal so that Neel would be able to react appropriately to the animals in the scene.
Here is a photo of Artie inside the Baloo puppet built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. You can see how much work went into making the animals lifelike. Amazing!
Did you know that Disney’s live-action epic adventure “The Jungle Book,” has earned more than $935 million at the global box office to date?
I know that why The Jungle Book appealed to me was because it just seemed so real. You feel like you are really in the jungle with Mowgli and all of the talking animals. There isn’t one moment where you say oh those are just pretend. I know I was mesmerized.
Critically acclaimed, Jon Favreau’s stunning live-action reimagining of Walt Disney’s animated classic, is available on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand.
There are so many great in-depth bonus features that I had to share some of them with you:
- I Am Mowgli – Follow the extraordinary journey of 12-year-old Neel Sethi, who was selected from thousands of hopefuls worldwide to play Mowgli “alongside” some of today’s biggest movie stars. Get a glimpse of Neel’s life before Hollywood came calling, check out his audition that sealed the deal, and see how a close-working relationship with Favreau brought out his best. Plus, Neel shares how filming “The Jungle Book” was one wild ride, from working alongside imaginary animals to performing some super-fun stunts.
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Just like in the original 1967 The Jungle Book, Disney chose well-known actors that we know and love to be the voices of many of the animals. You will get to see them behind the scenes. Here is one of my favorites from Lupita Nyongo.
The Jungle Book | Lupita Nyongo
- King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer – So, exactly how do you create a musical number featuring one man-cub, a massive, legendary ape and an army of wild and wily monkeys in the Seeonee jungle? Viewers are granted rare and unique access to the development of the “I Wan’na Be Like You” sequence in which King Louie attempts to coerce Mowgli into giving up Man’s deadly “red flower” (fire). A fast-moving musical progression reel showcases storyboards, animatics, Christopher Walken’s recording session and visual effects layers, which ultimately merge to form one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
- Audio Commentary – Favreau delivers his scene-by-scene perspective on the live-action adventure “The Jungle Book” with all the candor and humor you’d expect from this multi-talented actor-writer-director-producer. As a fan of many of the comedies that Favreau has been in, I enjoyed seeing his passion for this film during this part
The Jungle Book is approximately 106 minutes and is Rated PG.
My family enjoyed the bonus features just as much as they loved The Jungle Book. Now that they are older, it was interesting for them to learn all about how challening it was to create this film. I know you will love it too!
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What are you most interested to see in the bonus features of The Jungle Book?