'He's special.' Baloo tells Bagheera in the all-new sneak peek at Disney's The Jungle Book. The panther knows this, but he must return Mowgli to his true home. Thus, the trio set off on the adventure of a lifetime. This latest TV spot arrives on a big day for Disney. Tonight, they will debut the thrilling special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. And you can expect to see this teaser debut on the small screen when the Disneyland event premieres at 8:00 pm EST, only on ABC.
Directed by Jon Favreau, 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.
While we still have a few months to find out how The Jungle Book fares at the box office, we do know that it will debut in a rather competitive weekend. This adventure will go toe-to-toe with Amityville: The Awakening, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Everybody Wants Some and Criminal. Check out the latest footage below. And be sure to tune into ABC tonight for The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.