How were the animals in the film created?

His story is one of the most unforgettable of the Disney studios: that of Mowglithis little human raised in the jungle by a family of wolves and whose adventures were told for the first time in the jungle book, written by Rudyard Kipling. In the 1967 Disney animated film of the same name, the little boy is the target of the fearsome and feared sher khan, a tiger who has an immense hatred for men and therefore considers Mowgli as a threat. The young hero will thus undertake an initiation journey accompanied by his mentor, the panther Bagheera, and the adorable bear Baloo, to escape the clutches of Shere Khan, while trying to discover himself… Almost 50 years after the premiere of the cartoon , the American producer jon favreau wanted to offer an unpublished version of the legendary tale. For this reason, in 2016 Disney studios offered a version in live action Jungle Book, which will be broadcast this Friday, December 23 on M6 starting at 9:10 p.m. (and available on Disney+). If for this feature film the production was based on real shots, all the animals were recreated in infographics. But then how were these different species, central to Mowgli’s journey, designed and shaped in such a way that they correctly express a range of emotions ?

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The motion capture used

as specified assigned, the animals that are seen in the film were created with a technique that is now widespread in the cinema, and that was used for example for the saga Avatar : motion capture. The latter allows to give life to the movements and emotions of synthetic characters. Actions performed by a very real actor are thus captured in space and then applied to a virtual 3D model. The animals we see in the jungle book therefore, they have been designed with this famous technique, and Performed by Jim Henson Company puppeteers (creator of the muppet show). In addition, the American company even made life-size puppets of the beasts so that the young interpreter of Mowgli, Neel Sethi, could orient himself when he had to interact with them. In addition, the film’s special effects team had to get inspired by the behavior of real wild animals evolving in their natural environment, so their actions in the feature film are more real than life. Thanks to the catch performancewhich focuses on facial expressionsthe actors were able to bring some more emotions on the faces of these animalsbut with parsimony, so that these beasts do not lack realism.

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A prestigious cast

A galaxy of stars: this is how the story is summed up five star cast since Jungle Book. To give voice to the many animals in the film., Indeed, Jon Favreau has opted for the main actors. So we will find Ben Kingsley (Baghera), Bill Murray (balo), Idris Elbe (Shere Khan) Scarlett Johansson (Kaaa), christopher walken (King Louis), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha) or Giancarlo Esposito (Akela).

Article written in collaboration with 6Medias.

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