It was a normal day. Almost a boring day, according to my ‘To Do’ list.
I took the girls to school.
I had coffee in my Tinkerbell coffee mug. (Side note: Every time I drink from this mug something magical happens. Like an Invitation to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. True Story. I didn’t know this mug had so much magic!)
I planned some blog posts.
I checked email.
I did the rounds on social media.
I took my son to school.
I checked email and then did a double take.
A triple take.
And then I called my friend Amy of As The Bunny Hops because I knew she had already received this invitation and proceeded to have an incoherent conversation filled with joy and disbelief about the email I was reading. I think I was able to get out the words: ‘Jungle Book’, ‘Plane’, ‘Disney’ and ‘Me Too’.
Here is what the first line said:
We would like to invite you to a very special Disney hosted blogger event in April on behalf of the new Walt Disney Studios’ live-action film release of THE JUNGLE BOOK! (opening in theatres on 4/15)
And then I checked the email that it was sent from. YUP. I knew that person and YUP this was legit. Then I read some more:
We are looking to invite 25 of our top Bloggers to Los Angeles from Sunday, April 3rd – Tuesday, April 5th to walk the red carpet at THE JUNGLE BOOK (opening in theatres on 4/15) premiere and to also interview Director Jon Favreau and Neel Sethi who plays “Mowgli” at the press junket!
Oh my gosh! I was going to California. On a plane.
I WAS GOING TO INTERVIEW JON FAVREAU AND NEEL SETHI!!!
PLUS I am going to walk the red carpet at The Jungle Book premiere. A red carpet. With the fancy outfits, bright lights featuring all the beautiful, talented people who created and started in The Jungle Book. THAT red carpet. (Faints and tires to remember how to walk in heels)
So in preparation of The Jungle Book you need to watch the trailer:
And then you need to print out some Jungle Book Activity Sheets and then you are going to be sure to follow #JungleBookEvent on all social media April 3-5 as myself and 24 other bloggers share our incredible expereince. HERE is a list on twitter for you to follow. All the blogger in one nice neat place.
We have the honor of interviewing so much talent from The Jungle Book. Here is who I will be reporting back to you about along with a brief description of the role they portray in the film.
Jon Favreau, Director, Producer
According to Favreau, story is king. “I think films have to offer an emotional experience for the audience,” says the director. “The spectacle won’t mean anything if they’re not engaged emotionally with the characters. Every story needs humanity, emotion and 2 character development, as well as humor—presented in a way that doesn’t betray the stakes of the film. There are white-knuckle moments in the movie when you wonder, ‘what’s going to happen to this kid?’”
Lupita Nyong’o (voice of “Raksha”)
Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups–including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he’s abandoned in the jungle as an infant. “She is the protector, the eternal mother,” says Nyong’o. “The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own.”
Lupita won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing “Patsey” in 12 YEARS A SLAVE and played “Maz Kanata” in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Next up she stars in the Walt Disney Studios film QUEEN OF KATWE.
Neel Sethi, Mowgli
Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as the film’s only human character, Mowgli. Sethi, who’s 11 now, was selected from thousands of hopefuls who auditioned as part of an extensive worldwide search. Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
Giancarlo Esposito (voice of “Akela”)
Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. “Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”
Giancarlo stars at the “Magic Mirror” on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME and was nominated for an Emmy for his role on BREAKING BAD.
Sir Ben Kingsley (voice of “Bagheera”)
Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it’s time for him to leave his jungle home. “Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military–he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
Sir Ben Kingsley is an Academy Award winning actor and has starred in such classic films like GANDHI, BUGSY, SCHINDLER’S LIST, HUGO, IRON MAN 3 and HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG.
BUT THERE IS MORE!
April 5th we will be invited to a special screening of the hilarious new hidden camera-practical joke series “Walk the Prank.” Featuring live-action scripted comedy interspersed with fully produced unscripted pranks, the show follows an ensemble cast as they plan and execute hilarious over-the-top pranks for an online hidden camera show. Follow #WalkthePrank for all the hilarity that I am sure we will encounter.
They wouldn’t prank 25 bloggers…. would they?…..
“Walk the Prank” premieres 4/6 at 8:30 pm on Disney XD.
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THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th!