Two weeks from today, Disney's The Jungle Book hits theaters nationwide, bringing Rudyard Kipling's beloved story to life through both live-action and CGI. Neel Sethi stars as young Mowgli, the only character portrayed through live-action, with an all-star voice cast portraying this youngster's animal friends in the jungle. Many longtime fans have been looking forward to this movie's rendition of the beloved song "The Bare Necessities", and while we'll have to wait until April 15th to see it on the big screen, Bill Murray, who voices Baloo, joined Neel Sethi to give fans a sneak peek by singing this classic tune on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
While fans normally have to wait for the summer months for box office blockbusters, there have already been a number of highly-successful films that debuted early on this year. Deadpool is currently the highest-grossing movie of the year with $351 million, after posting the highest R-rated debut in history with $132.4 million during its opening weekend. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened last week, setting a March record with a $166 million debut. And The Jungle Book could very easily be the next blockbuster to debut before the summer movie season kicks off on May 6 with Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, but we'll have to wait and see.
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.
In addition to this video, we also have a new clip from The Jungle Book featuring Mowgli meeting King Louie, voiced by Christopher Walken. The Jungle Book will have plenty of competition when it hits theaters next month. This adventure will be squaring off against Barbershop: The Next Cut, Everybody Wants Some and Criminal on April 15. Do you think this new take on the classic story will become a huge hit at the box office? Take a look at this video from Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Bill Murray and Neel Sethi singing "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book below, along with the new clip, and stay tuned for more on this upcoming adventure.