Of all of the Disney animated films, The Jungle Book holds the most memories for me. It was my dad’s favorite movie when he was a child and he passed on his love of the movie to me – I think we managed to go through a few VHS copies of this movie since we would watch it almost every weekend together. Since Disney began making live-action versions of their films, I’ve been long waiting for this movie to be made. On April 15, Disney’s The Jungle Book will make its theatrical debut.
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
To get everyone as excited about Disney’s The Jungle Book as I am, I’m sharing some awesome free activity sheets including a jungle maze, spot the difference picture, and a cool hexaflexagon toy. These are sure to keep your kids busy and since we’re all kids at heart, adults can join in on the fun, too.
I’m counting down the days until The Jungle Book hits theaters. With a star-studded cast and gorgeous filming locations, this movie is sure to leave a mark on our hearts in a whole new way from the animated original. I can’t wait to see this with my dad and introduce and pass on our love of the movie to my son.
I hope you and your kids enjoy these The Jungle Book Activity Sheets!