“The Jungle Book” given a high-tech update

Disney releases the first trailer of “The Jungle Book,” a live action-CGI hybrid adaptation of the classic Kipling tale of a jungle-raised boy-cub.

(WALT DISNEY PICTURES) – Walt Disney Pictures has released the first trailer of their latest big screen adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” this time as a live action film mixed with CGI.

Based on the story by Rudyard Kipling, this version has been adapted by director Jon Favreau and stars newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The ten-year old was chosen among thousands of kids who auditioned for the role across the world.

The story tells the adventures of wolf-raised Mowgli, whose mere presence in the jungle leads to threats by tiger Shere Khan to eliminate him. Mowgli is forced to abandon the only home he’s known, embarking on a journey of self discovery with mentor-panther Bagheera and bear Baloo as his guides. Along the way he faces off against different predators such as snake Kaa, imbued with the seductive voice of Scarlett Johansson.

“The Jungle Book” employs hybrid technology, using performance capture footage of the cast coupled with photorealistic computer-generated images of jungle animals to provide a holistic viewing experience. The all-star voice cast also includes Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie and Lupita Nyong’o as Mowgli’s loving wolf mother.

Fans of the classic tale have had high expectations since footage from the film was revealed at Disney’s D23 convention earlier this summer.

The high-tech trailer ends with the song “Bare Necessities”, whistled by Baloo the Bear, which was first heard in the now classic 1967 Disney animated version.

“The Jungle Book” will open April, 2016 in 3D and IMAX 3D