The Jungle Book impresses before it even properly begins, as the familiar Disney castle recedes into the distance while we pull back into the jungle. We then hit the ground running, quite literally, following Mowgli as he races through the jungle with wolf cubs nipping at his heels. We’re with him for every swing from a vine and jump off a log. Already, it’s shocking how photo-real the animation looks. If I hadn’t known The Jungle Book was shot almost entirely on soundstages in downtown Los Angeles, I’d be marveling at the location scouts’ discovery of an untouched paradise and the animal wranglers’ uncanny talent for getting these beasts to perform on cue. In truth, only Sethi is “real”; all the animals and the settings were crafted in CG by the wizards at Weta.