The Jungle Book is Disney's latest live-action adaptation of one of their animated classics. The remake has so far been well received by both critics and the public, and has scored the second biggest April opening of all time, with $103.5 million at the box office.
Jon Favreau's 2016 retelling harks back to both the 1967 animated classic and Rudyard Kipling story it was based on, with Kipling's dialogue sometimes used verbatim, and scenes — like Baloo and Mowgli floating down a river humming "The Bear Necessities" — that pay an homage to the original.
But did you know that there's an Easter Egg in 'The Jungle Book' referencing an entirely different Disney classic?
It happens towards the end of the movie and it's quite difficult to spot. It's when the animals of the jungle gather at the watering hole for the film's climatic end sequence. We see a huge cross section of animals there — wolves, panthers, gazelles and...
Yup. Those guys. Everyone's favorite meerkat and warthog, Timon and Pumbaa, from The Lion King.
As Mowgli approaches the watering hole, there's a meerkat and warthog standing next to one another, among all the other animals. Coincidence? Unlikely. It's surely a reference to another Disney animated classic.
Believe it or not, it's not the first time the Lion King duo have appeared in The Jungle Book's jungle. In the animated sequel, The Jungle Book 2, the twosome can be seen dancing during the song "W-I-L-D," before being summarily ejected off screen by Baloo's behind.
Of course, there's no suggestion that this glimpse of the two is anything more than a fun Easter Egg for Disney fans, but what if it leads to more?
We know Disney is in the process of remaking their animated favorites into live action movies, with The Jungle Book being just the latest after the likes of Cinderella and Maleficent. Now that we've seen Timon and Pumbaa in all their live-action CGI glory, could this mean we might one day have a new version of The Lion King?
With The Jungle Book doing so well, it certainly can't be out of the question to remake The Lion King too. At the moment, this is just a possibility, but wouldn't it be great if it happened? We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that Disney keeps giving the people what they want.