Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" already had a trailer that debuted some time ago and it was a perfectly fine trailer for giving us a look at what type of movie it's going to be. Now we have another trailer, the full length one being available online after a small TV spot aired during the Super Bowl.
The Thing I liked most about this trailer is that is seems to capture some of the Disney magic that the original animated film emanated so well. It looks like it has the right amount of lighthearted adventure what with Mowgli going on his journey and all, as well as balancing it out with some of the darker, more adult moments without going too overboard on the dark elements. The tone of this trailer is perfectly encapsulated when a new rendition of "The Bear Necessities" starts playing in the background and you instantly feel like the people behind this movie seem to understand the charm that the animated film captured so well.
This trailer also lets us hear the cast actually talking in their roles as the CGI animals they're playing, but that was an aspect of the trailer that was a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, I think certain voice performances are great and fit very well such as Bill Murray as Baloo, and especially Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger. Elba has an amazingly awesome voice and I honestly think he was one of the best possible choices to portray Shere Khan.
On the other hand, there were some speaking roles that didn't quite work for me. One of them is Scarlett Johansson as the snake, Kaa. In the animated movie, Kaa was actually a male and I'm fine with liberties being taken if it'll work better as a live-action adaptation, but Johansson's voice just doesn't fit the type of character Kaa is. The original film had him with a really creepy, seductive voice that made you feel uneasy. Now with Johansson voicing Kaa, I get strangely aroused and...I'll just stop right there. That's not the vibe you should be getting from this character. For God's sake, get Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Kaa; that would be perfect.
The other speaking role that bothered me is that of Christopher Walken as King Louie. Like with Scarlett Johansson, it's most likely due to how recognizable the voice is, and Walken's unique voice doesn't mesh well with the way King Louie looks. It also doesn't help that the sound editing makes it sound like some of the voices are just the actors talking alone in a sound booth rather than a good mix of human/animalistic dialogue.
That being said, I still liked this trailer quite a bit and I'm still looking forward to seeing this movie. This trailer seems to capture the fun and charm of the classic Disney film and with Jon Favreau directing, this movie looks like its in good hands. I like that certain liberties are being taken, the visuals already look very good, and it could very well prove to be a rare live-action adaptation that's genuinely well made.