The Jungle Book is weird and hilarious without the CGI

A little bit of puppetry was a bare necessity

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When watching Jon Favreau’s latest take on Disney/Rudyard Kipling classic The Jungle Book it’s easy to forget that what you’re seeing isn’t real.

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The combination of live-action performer Neel Sethi with the latest in animation creates a seamless animal kingdom for us to explore, and the effect is both genuinely beautiful and totally immersive.

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Well, until we saw how it was done, that is.

You see, a new video lifts the lid on how exactly Favreau and his team shot Sethi’s live-action scenes, and it’s very strange.

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Full of blue-suited men, disembodied bear stomachs and weird googly eyes, it’s wonderfully different enough to almost make you wish you’d seen the whole thing without the special effects.

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Almost.

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The Jungle Book is in cinemas now.