The 2016 Hollywood film adaptation of the The Jungle Book is a spectacle to behold. For those familiar with the book by J. Rudyard Kipling or animations of the story, this movie brings the characters to a real life that is unrivalled as yet. And it will be unmatched for quite a long time.
The movie gained quite an outstanding rating on reviewer Rotten Tomatoes, clocking 95% on the Tomatometer. The Jungle Book also grabbed several awards in 2016 and 2017, with Idris Elba (who voiced Shere Khan) also grabbing an award for his role in the film. Calling it a success would not be misplaced.
And while the richness and quality of the jungle, the rivers, streams and mountains used for the filming of the movie may have been a big factor in its quality and success, none of it is real except for the boy Mowgli, (played by newcomer Neel Sethi).
The jungle book was shot with only one boy acting as the main character (Mowgli), at a studio in Los Angeles! All the trees, animals, rivers, waterfall …
The animal characters in the story were indeed voiced by real Hollywood stars but the acting was done using animal puppets held by the movie crew. The jungle environment was computer-generated, guided by some jungle photos from India.
In a question and answer session on Twitter, director Jon Favreau confirmed that nothing in the movie was real. Nothing! Nothing except one fake tree branch here, a small rock over there, a few plants placed on the floor, a pool of water used as a river and other little things.
So behind the scenes of The Jungle Book, here’s what filming really looked like, courtesy of GIPHY.