MPC Film's Animation team were proud to be awarded with the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production for The Jungle Book at the Annie Awards 2017. Disney Animation Supervisor Andrew R Jones was there to pick up the award on behalf of MPC's team lead by Animation Supervisors Peta Bayley and Gabriele Zucchelli and Character Supervisor Benjamin Jones.
MPC brought the film’s most iconic characters to life. Best friend Baloo the bear, Mowgli’s wolf family, Bagheera the panther, Kaa the python, and the villainous tiger Shere Khan would be built bone, skin, hair and whisker. 54 species of animals and 224 unique animals were created and new computer programs were made to better simulate muscles, skin and fur. For each shot and each movement, animation artists followed extensive research in animal behavior, so that even the subtlest behavioral traits would translate into performances the audience would recognize from the animal kingdom. MPC’s Animators used finely tuned animation tools to hand animate the jungle animals, from the kings of the jungle to the smallest of insects.