— The Jungle Book (@TheJungleBook) September 15, 2015
Today, Disney released the very first teaser trailer for their live-action Jungle Book, set to be released on April 15, 2016. The video shown above was posted to Disney’s Twitter page, sparking a hailstorm of shares and articles across the internet.
The movie features a star-studded cast. Scarlett Johanssen voices the snake Kaa, whose voice provides the narration for the trailer above. Idris Elba voices Shere Khan, Bill Murray voices Baloo, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha.
With such a cast of characters as these, what could go wrong?
Some people on the Internet are more than stoked for the new footage, which promises lots of action. Others are voicing their concerns about the extremely photorealistic CGI animals — after all, the cartoonish versions seem much more likely to be singing those songs, right? How will it look if a real-life bear sings and dances to ‘Bare Necessities’? Is Disney taking live-action remakes too far? Will the competing film The Jungle Book: Origins (from Warner Bros. Pictures, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, and Christian Bale) take the story in a better direction?
The ending scene features a very young Mowgli (played by Neel Sethi) sitting on a CGI Baloo as the bear floats through the water. ‘Bare Necessities’ is heard being whistled, presumably by voice actor Bill Murray. Will the photorealistic CGI effect take away from the whimsicality of the original hand-drawn cartoon? Only next April will tell us for sure.