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'Mowgli' Takes the Cartoon Out of Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2018 4:08 PM

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At one time, both Disney's live-action The Jungle Book and Warner Bros' Mowgli, both based on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book stories, were vying for the same space in the theaters. Warner Bros. blinked and Disney released the former in 2016 and the latter now opens in theaters October 19, 2018. The trailer for Mowgli was released recently, and it's immediately apparent that the two movies have adapted Kipling's stories very differently.

Disney's remake of their 1967 animated feature utilized live-action combined with motion-capture technology, but kept many of the feel-good aspects of their first movie. It was an enjoyable update and in keeping with Disney's other live-action updates of their previous animated movies (Cinderella, Pete's Dragon, Maleficent, etc.)

When it comes to motion-capture, however, there is one king of the jungle, and that's Andy Serkis. He is the actor behind the characters of King Kong, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, and Caesar from the recent Planet of the Apes series. Some may not know that Serkis is not only a gifted actor, but also a director, and he's taken the helm of Mowgli.

To get a better idea of the approach that this movie is taking, check out the Trailers and Videos page for the movie, where we have the "Behind the Scenes with Andy Serkis" featurette and a version of the trailer where Serkis takes the viewer through the new trailer and provides some great info about the movie.

The movie is coming out this October, so be sure to add Mowgli to your Favorite Movies list to stay updated!

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