Most girls are stoked on princesses and their evil, villainous counterparts. I; however, am not most girls. My childhood was spent overdosing on The Jungle Book and being grateful for the fact that I lived in Alaska where I was sure to not encounter any snakes the size of Kaa. The Bare Necessities is my favorite song of all time – true story – let me sing it for you now:
Sorry, I had to cut it short because my kids have no respect.
Due to my [slight] obsession with all things Baloo the bear, I’ve been a little ridiculously excited to follow the press regarding the new theatrical release of The Jungle Book, coming to your friendly neighborhood movie theater on April 15, 2016. That is, until I saw this picture:
I’m LITERALLY trying to keep my heart from beating out of my chest right this very minute just looking at that way-too-lifelike Kaa, and I’m thinking I might have to take a paper bag to the theater to hyperventilate into whenever Kaa comes onscreen. If you’d like tickets to THAT theatrical production, I live in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and I’ll be going to the theater on opening day.
To further prove my obsession with The Jungle Book, check out the super delicious The Jungle Book-inspired Kebabs I made.
In any event, read below to see the unique spin Disney has put on Kaa, and how Bill Murray is going to lend his humor to my personal favorite character, Baloo.
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016. For more information, check out Disney.com/thejunglebook, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyJungleBook, and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyStudios and Instagram: https://instagram.com/DisneyStudios.
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