The last weekend was spent watching the newest, jazziest version of ‘The Jungle Book’ with the family. Now, this story has been an integral part of my childhood – I’ve read the book, watched various versions of it (in various languages, if I may add) and even dressed up as a character or two from the book for school events. One would imagine that’s a Jungle Book ‘overload’, except- it’s not. And can never be.
For starters, the storyline is endearing and the characters, par-lovable. The message is deep and strong – it teaches SURVIVAL. Add to this, the sheer magic of present day technology and you come up with such a polished version of the movie that you are left wondering if you can ever have it better than this. And finally, the experience of sharing something from your childhood with your little one-priceless!
So anyway, as the rest of the week passed in pondering over this marvel-of-a-movie, I ended up reading more and more about it. And this is what I came up with – Jungle Book trivia which you probably know, or probably don’t!
Since I consider it worthy of sharing, hope you enjoy it as much as I did ♥♥
🙂 The Jungle Book is a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling.
😮 😮 Rudyard Kipling was an Indian-born English author with a strong connection with Mumbai. He was regarded as an ‘expert writer on India’ with a tremendous understanding of the mind of animals in the jungle (understandably so).
🙂 The Jungle Book is a classic Walt Disney animation of Kipling’s book.
😮 😮 Walt Disney was not the first to adapt the story. On the contrary, he found the first version of the book to be very dark and somber. However, it was their spectacular depiction of the book that ultimately captivated the audience. Also, this was the very last animated movie that Walt Disney personally oversaw (he died during the production of the movie, unfortunately).
🙂 The primary characters of the story are Bagheera, Baloo and Sher Khan.
😮 😮 The characters names are based on ‘Hindi’ words for the animals itself. Bagheera comes from bagha (which stands for tiger), Baloo from bhalu (which means bear) and Sher Khan from sher (meaning lion or tiger).
🙂 The main character Mowgli is pronounced as ‘Moe-glee’ as Disney chose to say it that way.
😮 😮 This, in fact, is a major mispronunciation. It should be read as ‘Mowglee’ with the focus on mow, which rhymes with cow! (I definitely did not know this) Additionally, Kaa the snake should have been ‘Kar’, Baloo the bear should have been ‘Barloo’ and Colonel Hathi was really meant to be ‘Hutee’ (did not know this either).
🙂 King Louie is the king of the apes in the 1967 classic.
😮 😮 King Louie was based on the world-famous Neil Armstrong – American astronaut and the first person to walk on the moon!
🙂 Kaa was originally male, and in Kipling’s book, he was not a villain. He was a friend of Mowgli and helped save him from the monkeys.
😮 😮 In the 2016 movie, Kaa the python has a sex change ;-). Also, she is portrayed as a comic-relief villain.
🙂 The movie is available in a variety of formats including 4D, 3D and IMAX. The visual effects are so real that one would think that the animals are jumping right on to the audience!
😮 😮 The inspiration for visual effects in the movie were taken from other popular movies such as Avatar, Planet of the Apes and Life of Pi (now that makes sense).
🙂 The movie is flooded with breath-taking jungle locations.
😮 😮 Unbelievably, all the filming took place at LA Centre Studios. The 1000 plus jungle locations in India that were photographed during pre-production were put to good use to get the desired effect (quite a shocker, actually).
🙂 Neel Sethi, an adorable American child actor is the new lead of Disney’s live action: The Jungle Book.
😮 😮 They considered as many as 2000 kids for this role. Neel, however, had just 1 audition for his role as Mowgli. Incidentally, this is also his very first film (kudos for the amazing job that he has done).
Disclaimer: The movie might be scary in parts for very young children. However, for all other age-groups, I can promise this is one-hell-of-an enjoyable ride through the jungle!