LAS VEGAS — A years-old Disney policy meant to restrict the use of exotic animals in its films is no doubt a good thing, but if you happen to be making a movie primarily starring exotic animals, it also makes things trickier. Just ask the visual effects team on the studio’s stunning and technically groundbreaking The Jungle Book.

Sure, the Jon Favreau-helmed film may have been built digitally from the ground up — famously the only thing not computer generated in the film is its human star Neel Sethi — but making the animal stars come to life required a level of research that certainly would have been aided by some real-life references. Read more…

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Disney’s exotic animal ban forced ‘Jungle Book’ animators to get creative