On Saturday, August 15th E! News visited D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. While there, they caught up with the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Jungle Book!
The event hosted the actors and also showed never before seen footage from the film, which is not yet available online.
New young actor, Neel Sethi, was a little bit camera shy with the interviewers. He told them that making the film was “really overwhelming” because the experience was new to him. He admitted that he had “never done anything like (it) before”.
The Jungle Book is known for his animal characters; however there were no real animals on set. Sethi told E! News:
“It’s CGI technology. It’s really new technology so it looks really cool, and instead of that, I worked with puppets and eye lines (…) They look really funny.
Also attending the event was Ben Kinsgley, Lupita Nyong’o, director Jon Favreau and president of production Sean Bailey.
Favreu also commented on the CGI in the film. He said:
“We’re at the point in the process where we’re able to show some footage here of early looks at what combining photography done with an eye towards an effects film. It starts to feel, in many ways, more like an animated movie with a human element in it. You get all of the excitement and the exhilaration of an animated film but the photorealism and the connection to it of a live-action film…It’s exciting to be able to use all of these tools to be able to tell a better story.”
Ben Kingsley explained that the movie will honor the original Disney production while still paving a new path for itself with its own feel. He said:
“It is going to be a very different experience in that it’s much more visceral. You feel the threat of the jungle, as well as the beauty of the jungle. You feel the power of those beasts as well as the story that they have to tell. You feel that there is something very muscular and vivid about those animals. When the elephants came onto the screen, the audience gasped because they do look like a herd of elephants. You cannot imagine that that was created in a laboratory. It’s almost impossible to believe that you’re watching computer-generated images.”
Clips and sneak peeks will eventually be made available online, but you will have to wait until April 15th, 2016 to see The Jungle Book in theaters.