Now that we’re a month away from the release of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action remake of their 1967 animated film The Jungle Book, Disney released a brand new TV spot that is sure to fire up our taste for adventure in spite of the perils ahead. Both movies – the animated and live-action versions – are a study in contrasts. Whereas the 60’s animated film shows a whimsical take on the different animal characters of the movie, the current live-action remake has a far more serious and darker feel in it.
Check out the TV spot below.
Frankly, it’s kind of hypnotically freaky to hear Scarlett Johansson’s alluring whisper as the slippery snake Kaa, as she invites Mowgli to “let go of his fear and trussssst” in her. It has a very sinister tone in it, coupled with the dark background of the jungle forest. The scene where Kaa is about to swallow our brave little hero is really hair-raising.
If Kaa’s ominous looks don’t scare you, then perhaps the imposing presence of King Louie (played by Christopher Walken) is enough to melt even the bravest in the animal kingdom.
The movie’s main antagonist, Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) stalks Mowgli relentlessly as he seeks to eliminate all traces of human presence and influence in his jungle.
Sir Ben Kingsley voices over the wise Bagheera, while Bill Murray plays the role of the frolicking bear, Baloo. Iron Man director Jon Favreau takes the reins for the adaptation, which draws on Rudyard Kipling’s original story of the same title.
Disney sure knows how to project its characters, giving them a unique pitch in every trailer that it releases – and this newest TV spot of The Jungle Book magnificently captured the menacing traits of the movie’s antagonists. It’s a good reminder that even if Hollywood will portray our jungle friends in a funny, cartoonish way, the reality of a harsh jungle, ruled by the law of survival of the fittest, will always be true and the same.
Disney’ live-action remake, The Jungle Book, is slated to hit theaters on April 15.