Jungle Book Remake: Too Scary For Kids?

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by 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

Following the success of their live-action adaptation of Cinderella, it should come as no surprise that Disney intends to monopolize on revamping much of their animated back catalogue to be re-enacted by real actors and using state-of-the-art CG – with plans for Beauty and The Beast on the horizon, sights are currently being set on their remake of animated classic and Rudyard Kipling tale The Jungle Book, famous for its catchy soundtrack and iconic characters in Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Shere Khan, the fearsome tiger. However, with the movie due to open worldwide shortly, some sources are already saying that the film may be a little too scary for younger viewers – something which has been met by opposition on social media.

India’s Central Board of Film Certification – represented by board chair Pahlaj Nihalani – has given the movie a ‘UA’ rating in the country on the grounds that the creatures involved could be considered too realistic and thus too frightening for children under the age of 12. The rating is the equivalent of a PG certificate in the UK, and the decision was made based upon the 3D screenings of the movie potentially being too scary for younger viewers due to animals leaping out of the screen. India is set to receive the movie at least a week earlier than most of the world, according to The Guardian.

The Indian board’s reception of the movie has been met by derision on Twitter, with some users stating that the point of 3D is for elements to ‘leap’ out at you – making reference too to a number of cuts made by the CBFC to Bond movie Spectre last year, which resulted in a number of romance scenes being trimmed down by the board. While The Jungle Book remake is set to offer a grittier and more realistic twist to the classic story and movie, the option to censor the movie for reasons stated by the CBFC are yet to have been picked up worldwide.

The Jungle Book opens later this month ahead of actor and director Andy Serkis’ own take on Kipling’s classic story, which has been pushed back by a year by production studio Warner Bros, meaning that there will be a gap of around two years between adaptations. How well will Disney’s re-imagining of their own material go down? One News Page will be reviewing the movie upon UK release later this month!