With a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive $363 million box office haul, “The Jungle Book” has proved to be one of the years biggest hits amongst critics and audiences. Based on the writing of Rudyard Kipling, this Disney release follows the adventures of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a young boy raised in the jungle by wild animals. Director Jon Favreau recently sat down with Gold Derby to chat about his work on the ambitious, effects-heavy revamp.
The director admits to being, “a bit intimidated,” since he was, “dealing with material that people feel so connected to.” The stories were previously adapted by the studio in 1967 as an animated musical that is still viewed by children and their parents today. “You’re kind of dealing with the memories people have of what they grew up with,” he adds, so, “figuring out a way to make them all work together, and take advantage of the technology that’s available, and make an adventure film that would appeal to the audiences that you have to appeal to when you’re making a movie like this,” made for, “a lot of bowling balls to juggle.”
Among the below-the-line contenders, we also spoke with visual effects supervisor Robert Legato and composer John Debney.
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Jon Favreau, Director
Robert Legato, VFX Supervisor
John Debney, Composer
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