#JungleBook: The #JungleBookTrailer/@TheJungleBook #Reaction And Discussion

I haven’t done a “Trailer Reaction” in a while, because frankly I have not had much reaction to any of the trailers that have come out. That ended last night.

My first reaction was, this is a cartoon with a live-action Mowgli. Which is fine, IF Neel Sethi (who plays Mowgli) can act. And it looks like Sethi does a great job making me believe he is talking to animals in this trailer. We watch cartoons all the time and enjoy them for not being real. Like I said for the teaser, can we the viewer suspend our disbelief for the shake of the story. This trailer put some of those fears to rest. I personally can see myself enjoying this flick.

Speaking of the story, there isn’t much to it I am afraid. However that too can be pushed aside if the journey is enjoyable. This doesn’t look like a complete rehash, but Shere Khan showing up in the beginning of the trailer maybe a editing trick. This isn’t Kipling stories, but I take it in a pinch.

I am not generally one for racial/ethnic or gender casting just for their shake, but I think Neel Sethi and Scarlett Johansson are brilliant casting choices. 11-Year-Old Neel Sethi doesn’t feel like an affirmative action casting, because he looks like he can act. I am sure that they were only looking Indian kids, but choose him for a reason (I hope). And the teaser was proof enough that Scarlett Johansson was the right pick for Kaa. It is like, I didn’t know Scarlett Johansson should be the only choice to play Kaa until now.

Well, see ya’ later!


The #JungleBook/@TheJungleBook Teaser Discussion

Let’s be honest with ourselves, shall we? Maleficent was atrocious. They renamed some characters and there was absolute character assassinations all around. That movie should be tossed into the burn pile where it belongs! While I didn’t see it myself, I hear that Cinderella was a vast improvement. I hear 2015’s Cinderella improves on the original movie, without shooting everyone in the face to get there.

With that said, here is The Jungle Book trailer:

My first thought, was that of the animal characters. We get some flashing images of them. CGI has not yet to come to a point where it can fool the human eye. If they can make us suspend our disbelief, then this movie just might have a chance. If the animals are too cartoony, then people are going to ask why they just didn’t do an all CGI movie.

The cast list looks stellar. Christopher Walken, Emjay Anthony, Idris Elba, and Jon Favreau (Director) with Neel Sethi as Mowgli, to only mention a few.

I have to say, having Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and having the slow reveal of her doing the voice over of the teaser was absolutely brilliant. I honestly had chills by the end of the teaser.

You know, what if we mash audio from this trailer to visuals from the original animated movie?

Ye shall ask and the internet shall provide!

So, overall, I am sold. If the full length trailer comes out and I have more to add, I will let you all know.

Well, see ya’ later!

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