Looking for Easter Eggs has become somewhat of a game whenever I watch a Disney movie on DVD (let’s be honest, I’m too engrossed in the film when I see it in theaters). Now I’m not as great at it as some Disney aficionados but I’m great at catching the obvious references and my favorite Disney blogs always fill me in on the rest. Here are a few of our favorite Jungle Book easter eggs and flash backs found in the newest live action film.
Our Favorite Jungle Book Easter Eggs and Flash Backs
You can’t miss Cinderella’s castle at the opening scene. Now with an eastern architecture aesthetic. And we can’t forget Bambi!
I’m sure you recognized the Game of Thrones reference when Baloo declares that “Winter is coming”, his reason for convincing Mowgli to stay in the jungle and work with him to stock up on his supply of honey.
It would be hard to miss The Godfather reference when King Louie is presented in partial shadow as the ‘King’ of the jungle.
Favorite Flashback: When Mowgli howls with his fellow cubs as part of the wolf pack.
Last, but certainly not least, there is the close of the story. If you remember, older Disney films would open with a storybook that draws the viewer into the animation. For the Jungle Book, director Jon Favreau wanted to pay homage to that secret but decided to reverse it. In the Jungle Book we see the end of the movie draw us into a storybook as it closes.
Fun fact: the live action shot of the book is the actual Jungle Book.
You can find more Jungle Book Easter Eggs and flashbacks when Disney’s The Jungle Book becomes available on Digital HD August 23 and on Blu-ray August 30th.