Prior to The Jungle Books release, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Neel Sethi for a quick interview at a press event for the film in Los Angeles, and it was during our chat that he told me about the downright magical time he had recording the movies best known song involving a trip across the country and fun with some really awesome people. I asked the young actor if his singing was done on-set or in a recording studio, and he explained,
A little bit of both. I recorded with Bill Murray and sang with him. Me and Jon Favreau flew on a plane to Marthas Vineyard, on a private jet, and he smoked a brisket while me and Bill Murray played football.
For most people, thats a story thats preceded by, “I had the strangest dream the other night” but for Neel Sethi it was 100 percent reality. That feeling in your gut right now? Thats jealousy of a 12-year-old kid.
Funny enough, “The Bear Necessities” wasnt a song the young Jungle Book star was even familiar with before signing on to Jon Favreaus live-action adaptation. A part of his process going into his audition for the movie was getting to know the famous Disney track, and like the rest of us once he got it in his head, he couldnt let it go. Said Sethi,
I did not, but I watched the older movie when I heard about the audition so I kinda knew the song. And so I looked over the script a little bit, of the song, and I got used to it. And then I always sang it!
You can watch Neel Sethi talk about recording “The Bear Necessities” in the video below:
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