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24 Wild Facts About “The Jungle Book” That Every Disney Fan Will Love!

Facts about The Jungle Book

Ever since Rudyard Kipling penned it in 1894, the story of the man-cub Mowgli’s adventures in the lush jungles of India has fascinated kids and adults alike over decades. Disney’s classic 1964 masterpiece stole people’s hearts and still sends every fan on a nostalgia trip to this day. The Jungle Book is a story that transports us to the fascinating, beautiful world of the wild; the lessons, dangers and adventures that come with it. Stories such as these endure for a reason, because they speak to the carefree child in us; the Mowgli that hasn’t been broken by society yet. We’re taking a look at the newest Disney adaptation of the timeless tale by bringing you 24 facts about The Jungle Book that will make you love it a little more. A thank you goes out to the good fellas at IMDB for sharing these with us.

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1. The Jungle Book released almost half a century after the original 1967 masterpiece made its debut. As of May 26, 2016, its collections stand at $861,391,402 worldwide. 

jungle book posters
image sources: collider.com / cuckoocomics.com

2. The wolf puppies in the film are named after motion capture actors and other crew members. 

wolf puppies
image source: disney.wikia.com

Director Jon Favreau’s son Max voices one of the cubs and his two daughters Brighton Rose and Madeline play Gray (another wolf cub) and Raquel the rhino respectively.

3. Although the story is set primarily in India, the film’s locations were entirely shot at the LA Center Studio in Los Angeles, California using computer-generated VFX. 

CGI rendering
image source: Jon Favreau/Instagram and Youtube via linkedin.com

A single frame of the movie took 80 hours to render, so Disney had to use tens of thousands of computers from the Google Cloud. Oscar-winning visual effects director Rob Legato commented on the process,

“I think they started using the Google cloud, which has tens of thousands of computers, and sometimes it would take two or three days to render a shot, he said, exasperated at the mere thought of the process. As powerful as the computers were, they ultimately were just taking cues from the human innovators who spent years on the film.”

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4. Neel Sethi, who had never acted before, won the part of Mowgli in his first ever audition among 2,000 children who were vying for the same role.

neel sethi
image source: youtube

5. Bill Murray, the voice of Baloo, has sung the song The Bare Necessities in the movie. Murray has also voiced Garfield and the Human Torch in The Fantastic Four films.

Bill_Murray sings The_Bare Necessities
image source: radiotimes.com

Coincidentally, Murray’s older brother Brian Doyle-Murray had also voiced Baloo in the 1998 movie The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story.

Mowgli's Story
image source: youtube

6. These are the faces behind the iconic voices you hear in the movie: Christopher Walken as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera. 

jungle book cast
image source: reviewtokill.com
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