Meet the Cast of The Jungle Book: Roaring Into Theaters April 15th! #JungleBook @TheJungleBook

Meet the Cast of  The Jungle Book!

By Erin

*I was invited as a guest of Disney to the press junket for purposes of this post. All thoughts & Opinions remain my own*


“Many strange tales are told of this Jungle. But none so strange as the tale of the cub we called Mowgli …” ~ Bagheera

Can you believe that it has already been 100 years since the original book and 50 years from the first movie being produced? That’s how classic and lovable this movie is and soon you will be able to experience this hit story in a whole new way! A little more than a week ago, Disney held the press junket for Jungle Book, which is the latest soon-to-be-released live action movie. In attendance were the cast, director and producer who joined us to answer questions and to let us in on what it was like to be a part of Disney’s remake of the original animated movie. An entire world and all the animal characters were created entirely as CGI. None of the jungle or the animals you see in this film are real. No matter how hard that may be to believe, it’s true. So what did we learn at the junket? Here’s who was there:

·         Jon Favreau (Director)  

·         Neel Sethi (“Mowgli”)

·         Sir Ben Kingsley (voice of “Bagheera”)

·         Lupita Nyong’o (voice of “Raksha”)

·         Giancarlo Esposito (voice of “Akela”)

·         Brigham Taylor (Producer)


As everyone stepped onto the stage, Lupita’s dress stole everyone’s attention. Look at the snake, those sparkles and the shoes to match! So unique and just perfect for the Jungle Book. Here are some of the fun facts that were discussed during this press conference.

*This was Lupita’s first voice over roll and she was attracted to it because Raksha is the eternal mother and she chooses to take care of this creature who is not one of her own, yet takes care of him as though we was.

*Giancarlo read the book as a child, which really made a difference to him. “It allowed me to dream and dream big. To have courage. To have connection. After seeing the movie, it allowed me to understand how we create relationships with each other. And how those relationships are things that we can hold onto. Not much that’s material that we can really hold onto.”


*Favreau shared about his enthusiasm to create this film as he was asked why this movie at this time. “I was compelled with the idea of what can be done with visual effects now, I was also very impressed with films like Planet of the Apes, Avatar, Life of Pi and specifically what was done in Gravity, where the principle photography was treated like an element of an effects piece. It became a big puzzle and after thinking about it, I had a take on it, and when we all discussed it, everyone thought it sounded really cool. 100 years ago was the book, 50 years ago was the animated film, and now it’s time to update this joy for a new generation.”

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Director Jon Favreau Takes Audiences On a Wild Ride Back to the Jungle #JungleBook

Jungle Book Takes Audiences on a Wild Ride.

By Catheryn

“Many strange tales are told of this Jungle.
But none so strange as the tale of the cub we called Mowgli” … ~ Bagheera

I am fascinated how a film can, when done correctly, invoke feelings within such a short amount of time. Happiness, loss, pride and true emotional investment to the stories characters, how often can you say a film has done this for you? I was invited by Disney to get a sneak peak of the soon to be released The Jungle Book last month, here’s a little on what to expect from this cutting edge film that I am very excited to see with my family!

In this day of computer generated everything, feelings sometimes get lost in the over the top spectacle of it all. Things are just so far beyond belief sometimes that you are literally too busy trying to process it all. Mash the two together, the ability to create something that stirs emotions yet is beyond reality and is totally believable, That’s is The Jungle Book.

A few words from the creative genius behind The Jungle Book Jon Favreau and Visual effects supervisor Rob Legato.

“When I think about Disney’s legacy, I relate to Walt’s original dream,” says director Jon Favreau.

Walt Disney’s work has influenced my work. He was considered high-tech for the time. He was the first person who locked soundtrack with picture, so the characters
were perfectly choreographed to the musical score—something that absolutely blew
people’s minds. Disney was on the cutting edge of technology.”

According to the director, every choice was made with the audience in mind. “The
audience has to be taken on a ride. They want thrills, adventure, excitement, laughs.
And they want emotion. I tried to make a movie that I’d want to see. 
There’s a flavor to it” added Favreau referring to the musical score and it “Ticked all the boxes” when it came to his memories of the Original Disney classic.

Employing the very latest iteration of movie magic, which would allow his director the freedom to push the limits of what’s possible in film making. “It’s a photo-real film grounded in the real world,” says Legato. “There’s something very interesting about that.” He also went on to add,

“The audience will feel the grandeur of the Indian jungle,” says Legato. “They’ll
experience this exotic land. That’s part of the fun of going to the movies—seeing a
place you’ve never seen before. Living it. Walking through it.”

Photo Courtesy: Disney Films

My initial thought after the viewing and the Q & A session, I was beyond impressed with the visual journey I know this film is going to take us all on. I truely enjoyed listening to the Director Jon Favreau and the visual effects supervisor Rob Legato describe their passion for the film and their efforts on this project in such laymen’s terms, I was truly drawn in and could have listened to them both all afternoon.

This being my first ever insider preview of an incomplete film, well I hadn’t any idea what I was in for or any idea of just how interesting it all is!  The sheer talent that is needed to be a part of a team on such a project is amazing. I was enthralled and hung on every word shared with us. I now have the greatest appreciation for all the crafts involved, not just those who perform in front of the camera.

It takes a very special mind and a great amount of talent as Jon Favreau has. To say that he had some big shoes to fill creating a new Jungle book after the genius of Walt Disney is an understatement. The technologies though worlds apart in creating both the original and the new to be released film truly show that no matter the technology, the film must have a heart and a soul to bring it to life, I’m pleased to say that in my opinion The Jungle Book is Reborn!

Photo Courtesy: Disney Films

The Jungle Book movie is based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories while being inspired by Disney’s 1967 animated classic. The film features state-of the-art technology that immerses the audience while seamlessly blending live-action along with photorealistic CGI animals and environments. Transporting movie goers using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques in an enchanting and lush world, it’s an adventure you have to see to believe!

Here’s one of the trailers for the film THE JUNGLE BOOK to tide you over till it’s opening in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th!


Catheryn studied Interior Design at the L.A Campus of F.I.D.M then life thew her and her husband of 28 years a curve ball when they took in their little angel and life as they knew it would be forever changed….for the better of course. Her girl is 8 now and has high functioning Autism. She was the driving force for Catheryn to start blogging 2 years ago about ASD friendly places in So Cal. I hope you find inspiration or a new great find on her site to spark the inner cleverness in you.