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You know, the one where you slumber peacefully in a tree bough, waterfalls ain't nothing but slides and you can float downstream resting on the upturned belly of an amiable bear. Man-cub Mowgli takes centre stage in this compelling take on the Jungle Book. Netflix With Mowgli: Legends of the Jungle you enter a place that's dirtier, darker, steamier and more visceral and raw -- a jungle where danger lurks at every turn. In Andy Serkis' interpretation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book -- streaming on Netflix now -- there's nothing charming and whimsical about being a child lost in the animal kingdom. And there's certainly no singing. It's impossible not to keep comparing Serkis' version of this classic story to Disney's live-action remake of its own animated family favorite. In Disney's remake, the animals are remarkably photo-realistic. But Serkis is purposefully trying to achieve something entirely different. The motion capture is used to make the animal characters deeper, richer and almost more recognizably human. This no doubt presents more of a challenge for the actors than straightforward voice work, and as a result the animals are expressive and affecting. They're more well-rounded and relatable than their Disney counterparts, even if they're not as instantly charming. Christian Bale 's nuanced performance as Bagheera the panther and Benedict Cumberbatch 's ferocity as tiger Shere Khan are standouts that translate particularly powerfully through the performance capture. Another disappointment?

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Another disappointment? The character Baloo, played by Serkis himself, feels slightly like a caricature and overly rough around the edges. The singing, dancing slacker of your Disney memories is gone, which leaves this already dark film sorely lacking any softness or comic relief.

Rohan Chand as Mowgli faces the elephant in the room. Netflix But as you'll have guessed from the film's title, it's not all about the animals. In Disney's version, Mowgli felt more like a narrative device drawing the animals of the jungle together so we could hear their stories.

The Jungle Book 2016 Movie

In Serkis' hands, Mowgli is less of an ensemble player. His character development is central to the plot, especially in the second half. The movie feels like a coming-of-age tale as the man-cub seeks to establish his identity as not quite human, not quite wolf -- simultaneously both and neither.

It did come as a surprise when, bang in the middle of the film, the plot veered wildly off course from the familiar narrative the Disney films established atop Kipling's work.

Some may hate this startling divergence, but I enjoyed the sudden realization that I didn't know exactly what was going to happen next, especially after being lulled into a false sense of security by familiar opening scenes. Despite the inevitable comparisons, both Disney's version and Serkis' reimagining are worth watching -- though I'd save Netflix's muddier, bloodier version until the little ones are past peak Disney age.

Serkis has made a visually arresting film that Netflix is lucky to have gotten its hands on. Peet refused, and after a long argument, Peet left the Disney studio in January Clemmons wanted to start in medias res , with some flashbacks afterwards, but then Disney said to focus on doing the storyline more straight - "Let's do the meat of the picture. Let's establish the characters. Let's have fun with it.

This was because Disney felt that the story should be kept simple, and the characters should drive the story. Disney took an active role in the story meetings, acting out each role and helping to explore the emotions of the characters, help create gags and develop emotional sequences.

The story artists then discussed how to fill the scenes, including the comedic gags to employ. When Phil Harris did the voice of Baloo, he gave it a bubble of life.

The Jungle Book (2016) (Plus Bonus Features)

We didn't coach him, just let it happen. Disney suggested Harris after meeting him at a party. The animators shot footage of Bruce as a guide for the character's performance.

Carr's performance impressed Disney enough for him to cast her as the role of the human girl. Disney lightened it up by having the vultures bearing a physical and vocal resemblance to The Beatles , including the signature mop-top haircut. It was also planned to have the members of the band to both voice the characters and sing their song, " That's What Friends Are For ". However, at the time, The Beatles' John Lennon refused to work on animated films which led to the idea being discarded.

However, Walt decided to cut the character for feeling that the film had already much action with the monkeys and vultures.

Mowgli review: This ain't your Disney Jungle Book, and that's wild - CNET

While many of the later Disney feature films had animators being responsible for single characters, in The Jungle Book the animators were in charge of whole sequences, since many have characters interacting with one another.

The animation was done by xerography , with character design, led by Ken Anderson , employing rough, artistic edges in contrast to the round animals seen in productions such as Dumbo. Following one of Reitherman's trademarks of reusing animation of his previous films, the wolf cubs are based on dogs from Dalmatians.

Since Kaa has no limbs, its design received big expressive eyes, and parts of Kaa's body did the action that normally would be done with hands. Two of the cues were reused from previous Disney films.

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