One of the more pleasantly surprising things about Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book - aside from the fact that it was a superb film - was a message in the end credits. The message informed audiences that the movie they’d been so swept up by for the last couple of hours was shot not in the jungles of India, but downtown Los Angeles. And now, Disney has released a video and some behind-the-scenes images that shed some light on just how much work went into creating the lush world.
We haven’t seen visual effects like this since Avatar. “The film is an eye-popping spectacle where the jungle breathes and animals emote with their eyes. The wizardry is overwhelmingly successful in the portrayal of the animals. They are so real – from the way they talk to their loping, sinuous walk to even their eyes – that you eventually forget that some graphic artist just made them up,” wrote Jyoti Sharma Bawa in her review for Hindustan Times.
The new video released by Disney is fascinating. To have just one live-action character in the whole film (everything and everyone else was computer-generated), and to make the world seem real and lived in was pure movie magic.
Watch the video here
Disney also released a couple of before and after pictures that highlight some of the incredible work that went in to creating just one frame of the film.
And just in case all this isn’t mind-blowing enough, here are some astounding stats about the man hours that have gone into rendering the effects in the movie.
Total unique species of animal created: 54
Total number of unique animals created: 224
Total render hours accrued: 30 million, roughly 3,400 years through a single machine.
Average render hours per frame: 19 hours
Total runtime of MPC finals: 106 minutes
The film has already grossed almost $600 million worldwide since its release two weeks ago, including more than Rs 150 crore in India. It is a great success story for Disney, and sensing they’re onto something special, they’ve announced a sequel.
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