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Disney Launches ‘Jungle Book’ VR Experience

Interactive 360-degree video and Virtual Reality experience tied to the upcoming live-action film now also available in select IMAX theaters at AMC locations across the U.S.

Yesterday The Walt Disney Studios released an interactive 360-degree video and virtual reality experience tied to the upcoming live-action film The Jungle Book exclusively on Facebook.

Viewers will be placed in Mowgli’s shoes as he meets Kaa for the very first time in Through Mowgli’s Eyes Part 1: Trust in Me, which debuted on The Jungle Book Facebook page Thursday and will also be available as a virtual reality experience in select IMAX theaters at AMC locations across the country beginning Friday.  

The simultaneous release of a virtual reality experience and 360-degree video on Facebook is unprecedented, and in the weeks leading up to the film’s debut additional content will transport audiences deeper into the world of The Jungle Book. To ensure the experience remains authentic to the film, director Jon Favreau oversaw production and direction of both experiences, working closely with VFX houses MPC and Weta Digital, which created the incredible characters and settings of the film.

Are you brave enough to trussssst her? See Kaa’s Jungle Through Mowgli’s Eyes, a Facebook 360 Experience.

Posted by The Jungle Book on Thursday, March 24, 2016

The VR Tour in IMAX Theaters at AMC Theatres:

  • 3/24-3/27 in Los Angeles, Houston and Boston
  • 4/1 – 4/3 in San Diego, Kansas City and New York
  • 4/8 – 4/10 in San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia
  • 4/14 – 4/17 in Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. 

The Jungle Book, due in theaters April 15, is directed by Favreau from a script written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). The stereoscopic 3D feature, which will also be available in IMAX format, is being produced by Brigham Taylor, who also produced Disney’s Tomorrowland. Working alongside cinematographer Matthew Libatique (Noah), MPC is the lead visual effects studio, with Christopher Glass and Alex McDowell (Watchmen) serving as production designers.

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The film’s voice cast includes Bill Murray as the voice of Baloo the Bear, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

Source: The Walt Disney Studios

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.