Animation Turned Live-Action


The story of a little boy, a bear, a panther, a tiger, and a snake are the main animals featured in the Jungle Book. The original Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated musical produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Now, 48 years later on April 15, Disney is releasing a live-action movie based on the book. The storyline follows the original basis of a boy, Mowgli (Neel Sethi), raised by a family of wolves and thus knows nothing but how to live in the wild. In this live-action remake, Mowgli is fleeing his home in the wild with the wolves to escape from Shere Khan (Idris Elba), a tiger who does not accept man being in the wild. While on the run, he encounters the infamous bear Baloo (Bill Murray) known from the animated movie who helps guide him along with the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley). There is already a trailer available on YouTube for the film which includes several nostalgic scenes that resemble the animation. However, the animation is known for being a musical and the trailer displays only one clip of singing. Those who know and have watched the original animation are curious of what is to become of what they know The Jungle Book as. Amita McDonald (17’) remembers The Jungle Book as “a great cartoon with a happy singing atmosphere.” Those who have seen the original version of the film will witness a new fantasy/drama of the classic. The public looks forward to what Disney will bring to the table with a live-action remake of one of their original animations.