The Super Bowl is just a few short days away at the time of writing this. Great for football fans, and equally as enticing for film fans too, since a number of high profile movies are expected to release trailers during the much-coveted and lucrative commercial breaks. One such film is The Jungle Book, Disney’s live-action retelling of the 1967 animated classic based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name.
We’ve already had the Jungle Book trailer (U.S. and international versions), and various promotional posters, but the Super Bowl trailer will presumably contain new footage from the movie in order to build up excitement ahead of the film’s April release date. Before that trailer drops though, there’s a pre-trailer trailer to enjoy. Watch it above, but blink and you’ll miss it.
Okay, so it contains nothing we haven’t seen already, but it does maybe serve to highlight the sense of danger, excitement and adventure that we might expect from this darker, more grown-up version of The Jungle Book. A new image from the film has also been released via People, showing newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli alongside Baloo, who is voiced by Bill Murray.
Joining Murray as part of the voice cast are a whole host of celebrities including Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Mowgli’s adoptive wolf mother. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directs – a tricky task considering Sethi is the only actor (human or otherwise) on the screen.
While this version of the Jungle Book might be less goofy and more firmly placed in the action/adventure genre than its animated predecessor, it still hold hints of everything that made the 1967 version so great. So far, we’ve heard Murray, as Baloo, whistling ‘The Bear Necessities’ and it’s also confirmed that Disney composer Richard Sherman, who contributed songs to the original movie, has written a new song for this Jungle Book. A fun musical element should certainly add to the overall appeal of the film, and help to balance out the darker moments for younger children (not least the threat posed by Shere Khan’s pursuit of Mowgli).
Perhaps the thing fans are most looking forward to, however, is seeing how Favreau has managed to blend everything together; the CGI, Sethi himself, the music, and the storyline….or, indeed, if he has managed it at all.
The Jungle Book will be released in U.S. theaters on April 15th, 2016.