HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) --"The Jungle Book" swung into theaters nationwide Friday, and director Jon Favreau talked about some of the digital wizardry that went into making the movie.
The movie was filmed at a digital jungle in downtown Los Angeles. It took graphic artists more than a year to create the visually-stunning piece.
Favreau said it was a "dream" to bring the classic story to life.
"I learned a lot. It was like taking a college class. I had a lot of experienced people around me who had worked with similar technology. But even for them this was new stuff. We were breaking new ground here," he said.
Favreau added that most of the scenes in the movie were digitally created and only things the character Mowgli touched or items that needed shadows were real.
The movie is rated PG for some sequences of action and peril. Favreau said if kids can handle the trailer, then they should be OK to see the film.
To celebrate the release, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood celebrated in a wild way. The theater featured a live jazz band and offered some special goodies for viewers.