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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book



An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.

Premiere Details

Los Angeles: Monday 4th April 2016 – El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
London: Wednesday 13th April 2016 – BFI IMAX, Southbank, Waterloo, London

Directed: Jon Favreau
Starring: Neel Sethi, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson

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Key Facts

  • This is the first time that Kaa the Snake (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) plays a female character. In the original, Kaa is a male. Director Jon Favreau said that this was a deliberate change as he felt there was lots of male roles in The Jungle Book (1967).
  • In the original The Jungle Book, King Louie was an orangutan. However, in the 2016 live-action King Louie is a gigantopithecus due to the fact that the orangutan is not native to India where the story is set.
  • To make the film more adventurous, the filmmakers included elements of Rudyard Kipling’s 1967 novel of The Jungle Book.
  • The film was first announced on July 9, 2013 and had an original release date of October 9, 2015 but was later postponed to April 15, 2016.
  • Filming of the animal characters was created by key frame computer animation where real animal movement was used allowing the actors to perform their lines and copy the animal movements. Jungle locations in India were also photographed and used as a reference in post-production.


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