The Jungle Book hasn’t been released in theaters yet, but director Jon Favreau is already being recognized for his latest film: PETA has just given Favreau its Innovation In Film Award for managing to make a movie set in the jungle that didn’t involve using any jungle animals. The film’s animal characters—which include a Bengal tiger, black panther, python, and plenty of wolves—are all CGI creations, making that American Humane Association disclaimer especially applicable in this case. And so, Favreau has been acknowledged by PETA for his efforts in creating a “realistic yet mythical world filled with larger-than-life, anthropomorphic animals” that somehow have the voices of Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Bill Murray (who sings!), and Scarlett Johansson. Now Favreau is just waiting for the Wild West History Association or Saturn Awards to retroactively recognize his achievements in Cowboys & Aliens.
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