By Terri Lee Sylvester

DETROIT (WWJ) – “The Jungle Book” is a movie that the entire family will thoroughly enjoy. Shot in 3D, “The Jungle Book” makes you feel like you’re right in the heart of the action; right in the heart of the jungle. That’s how realistic the animation is. The jungle is lush, the animals are lifelike and Mowgli, the only live action performer on screen, blends in seamlessly.

“The Jungle Book” is based on the beloved books written by Rudyard Kipling, and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film from 1967. It follows the adventures of Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli and his family are doing just fine until Mowgli is threatened by the tiger Shere Khan, who earlier had a run-in with an adult male, and bears the scars to prove it. He’s never gotten over it, and wants to take out his revenge on Mowgli.

“The Jungle Book” starts off on a high note and never looks back. This film is action packed from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Fans of the original “Jungle Book” will enjoy all of the similarities to the original, as well as the updates made to this latest version. And newcomers to the story — for instance, the younger members of the family who haven’t seen the original movie — will surely find a lot to like about this one.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. "Shere Khan reigns with fear," says Elba. "He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. “Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”
Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can't resist her captivating embrace. "Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling," says Scarlett Johansson. "She's the mirror into Mowgli's past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can’t resist her captivating embrace. “Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling,” says Scarlett Johansson. “She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish.”
Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“The Jungle Book” stars newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who won the role over thousands of other hopefuls who auditioned as part of an extensive worldwide search. The all-star cast of voices includes Bill Murray as Baloo; Ben Kingsley as Bagheera; Idris Elba as Shere Khan; Lupita Nyong’o as the mother wolf Raksha and Scarlett Johansson as the sneaky and seductive python Kaa.

If you’re looking for a wild and fun ride for the entire family, “The Jungle Book” delivers. Rated PG.

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