LIVE ACTION VERSION OF THE JUNGLE BOOK
Apparently, Walt Disney Studios is planning to do a new live action adaptation of its classic The Jungle Book. The original 1894 stories, by Rudyard Kipling, were adapted to the big screen by the studios in 1967 with the hand-drawn technique they have mastered. The Jungle Book is a very special film, as it was the last one produced by Walt himself, as he passed away during production.
Disney is producing a lot of live action versions of their classics, with Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie) and Cinderella (starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter). They have already done some too, like with Alice in Wonderland. However, this novel in particular has already been brought to live in the big screen as a live action film twice. We will have to keepour eyes open to check out what they will try to achieve to make this one stand out from the others!
Justin Marks (from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) appears to be on board to write the script.
KEN ANDERSON: A WELL-ROUND DISNEY LEGEND
This man did EVERYTHING. Generally animators focused in one or two categories which to explore in animation. Not Ken Anderson. He studied architecture, and secured at position at Disney where ha contributed throughout his career as an art director, screenwriter, animator, production designer, short-story author and imagineer.
These are all concept art he did for various Disney films, but he participated in so much more, and those films wouldn’t have been what they were without him. Andreas Deja describes his work as art that ”shows how to place characters in an environment in a way that presents mood combined with character development”.
He received the Disney Legend award as for animation and imagineering in 1991, an honour that recognizes people who made outstanding contribution to the Walt Disney Company.
RICHARD SHERMAN & ALAN MENKEN PERFORMING THE DISNEY SONGBOOK AT THE D23 EXPO
The planets must have aligned and God has heard our prayers, because an amazing event is about to happen. These two men are responsible for transcendental treasures in the Disney songbook. I mean, it’s impossible to walk through the parks and not hear music from one of these two music legends.
Being a one-night event, Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken will take the stage together to play some of their most beloved compositions at the D23 Expo, on August 10, as part of the Ultimate Disney Fan Event at the Anaheim Convention Center.
This is once in a lifetime event; I would give anything to go, Alan Menken is one of my Disney idols! For those not sure who these men are, I will fill you in. Alan Menken is known as the Disney Renaissance musical composer by excellence, having wrote the music for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notredame, Hercules, Enchanted and Tangled. Richard M. Sherman is one of the Sherman Brothers. The Sherman Brothers composed the music and lyrics for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh and the iconic disney song "It’s a Small World" for the park ride.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
THEATER IN THE WILD
In 1998, Theater in the Wild opened its doors and has been home to three big Disney shows at the Animal Kingdom parc.
Originally , it was an open-air amphitheater and its debut was with the show Journey into the Jungle Book, a 30-minute stage show with Mowgli, Baloo and King Louie retelling the story with songs.
Then in July 1999, Tarzan Rocks! took over the theater. It was a spectacular musical with dancers, singers and gymnasts with all the characters and music of the movie. I remember seeing this show myself in my second trip to WDW (I don’t remember much of my first as I was quite young).
Now, the theater is home to the Finding Nemo- The Musical, a musical with amazing costumed, transporting the guest to the undersea adventure.
No plans as to what is going to be the next show to take over the theater, but continuing the tradition, it will be amazing when the time comes.
TODAY, MOWGLI IN ANIMAL KINGDOM
Mowgli will be meeting intermittently throughout the day at the Oasis in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and at the front of the park. Sources say he might be accompanied by Baloo as well!
It’s a good chance for you to take a picture with a character we do not see in the parks as often.
THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE MUSICAL
Disney’s adaptation in a musical of the 1967 classic The Jungle Book, by Mary Zimmerman will be opening in the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Unforgettable and classic Disney music by the Sherman brothers such as I Wanna be Like You.
In addition, Zimmerman is adapting original stories from Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli.