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Kristin Lai

Jon Favreau's gritty, live-action version of the 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book is almost here. It might have been a while since you've seen the original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's works, so Disney wants us to get reacquainted with a few of the characters.

Since last week, the studio has been releasing one-minute clips featuring the film's main characters. So far we've met Shere Khan (Idris Elba) and Baloo (Bill Murray), and today's new clip we get to see King Louie and Mowgli's initial interactions. Check it out below:

King Louie

In today's video we meet the massive king of the Bandar-log, King Louie. The new version of the swinging king obsessed with man's red flame is voiced by Christopher Walken. Instead of the smaller-scale ape from the first movie, he is modeled after the gargantuan Gigantopithecus.


In this clip we are introduced to one of the film's main characters, the beloved Baloo, played by Bill Murray. Singing may not be in his repertoire in this gritty version, but I'm confident he will still teach Mowgli all of "The Bare Necessities."

Shere Khan

The first character introduction, released last week, gave us a good look at the movie's villain, Shere Khan. Idris Elba lends his deep snarl to play the terrifying tiger.

The movie still has another couple of weeks until it's release, but I can't wait to see who they'e going to introduce us to next.

Disney's 'The Jungle Book' will be out in theaters starting April 15.


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