The Jun­gle Book

The Western Star - - Life | Tv Guide -

Satur­day, seven, 7pm, PG (2016)

Di­rec­tor Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man, Elf) take the clas­sic 1967 Dis­ney car­toon is so im­pres­sive and im­mer­sive you’ll be won­der­ing where the spe­cial ef­fects be­gin and end in a vis­ually daz­zling ex­pe­ri­ence. New­comer Neel Sethi (pic­tured) plays pro­tag­o­nist Mowgli, the or­phan boy raised by wolves who must leave his home when tiger Shere (voiced by Idris Elba) roars. Fea­tur­ing a herd of big names, in­clud­ing Bill Mur­ray as a free-wheel­ing bear, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son as a python and Christo­pher Walken as a big ape, it’s the real-life “talk­ing” an­i­mals that steal the spot­light. This en­thralling story of self-dis­cov­ery will give many a wel­come case of jun­gle fever.

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