The Jungle Book (2016 Live-Action)

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Jungle Book (2016 Live Action Movie)

“The Jungle Book” is a 2016 live-action/CGI fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1967 animated classic “The Jungle Book,” based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name.

The film follows the story of Mowgli, a young boy who was raised by wolves in the jungle of India. With the help of his animal friends, including Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle and becomes a part of the animal community.

However, his peaceful life is threatened by the vicious tiger Shere Khan, who sees Mowgli as a threat and wants him gone from the jungle. To protect Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, and other animal friends decide to help him return to the human village for his safety.

“The Jungle Book” blends live-action with stunning CGI animation to create a visually breathtaking world of talking animals and lush jungles. The film received widespread critical acclaim for its impressive visuals, strong performances, and its ability to honor the spirit of the original animated film while offering a fresh take on the story.

The cast includes Neel Sethi as Mowgli, along with an ensemble of renowned actors providing the voices for the animal characters, such as Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa.

The movie’s success at the box office and with audiences led to it becoming one of Disney’s most successful live-action adaptations. Its seamless blending of live-action and CGI, along with its faithful yet innovative approach to the classic story, make “The Jungle Book” (2016) a standout film in the Disney live-action repertoire.

Fun Facts

  • Disney’s live-action “The Jungle Book” (2016) is a visually stunning film directed by Jon Favreau. It blends live-action with cutting-edge CGI to create a lush and immersive jungle environment.
  • The film features an impressive voice cast, including Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The combination of talented voice actors and CGI animation brought the beloved characters to life in a new and captivating way.
  • “The Jungle Book” (2016) pays homage to the original 1967 animated film by incorporating some of its iconic songs, such as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” These classic songs were reimagined for the live-action adaptation, adding a nostalgic touch for fans of the original movie.
The Jungle Book (2016 Live-Action)

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  • Year Released: 2016
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $1.024 billion
  • IMDB Link


  • Neel Sethi: Mowgli
  • Kendrick Reyes: toddler Mowgli.
  • Ritesh Rajan: Mowgli’s father.
  • Bill Murray: Baloo
  • Ben Kingsley: Bagheera
  • Idris Elba: Shere Khan
  • Lupita Nyong’o: Raksha
  • Scarlett Johansson: Kaa
  • Giancarlo Esposito: Akela
  • Christopher Walken: King Louie
  • Garry Shandling: Ikki
  • Brighton Rose: Grey Brother
  • Jon Favreau: Fred
  • Russell Peters: Rocky
  • Madeleine Favreau: Raquel
  • Sara Arrington: a Nilgai


  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Producers: Jon Favereau and Brigham Taylor
  • Music: John Debney

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