Among the many TV spots and trailers shown as part of the Superbowl extravaganza yesterday, a new trailer for The Jungle Book was among them. The trailer explores the overtly-CGI world of the jungle as it introduces us to Mowgli, a young human who has grown up in the wild under the protection of a black panther called Bagheera, who acts as a surrogate father constantly warning the inquisitive Mowgli about the dangers of the jungle.
As we follow Mowgli’s journey we meet all the classic characters: Baloo, King Louie, Kaa, Raksha, and Akela (all perfectly voice-cast). Playing over the trailer is a powerful instrumental rendition of The Bare Necessities, illustrating that despite its respect for the story, this film is very much its own beast promising an experience unlike anything we’ve had before.
The Jungle Book is directed by Jon Favreau and features an all-star cast of Ben Kingsley as the fatherly Bagheera; Bill Murray as the carefree Baloo; Christopher Walken as the gigantic King Louie; Scarlett Johansson as the LSD-tripping snake Kaa; Idris Elba as the deadly Shere Khan and Lupita Nyong’o as the protective Rashka. The Jungle Book will be released April 15 and you can see the Superbowl trailer below.