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Keeping it real: A behind-the-scenes look at 'The Lion King' visual effects

By Sarah Mills

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Unlike other movies, there were no mocaps used - everything was created from scratch as animation

But Disney doesn't want it to be classified as an animated film, but rather like photo-realistic live-action film

Disney intentionally did not submit Lion King for the Oscar Best Animated Film category, nor any other award's animated category

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The cartoon characters were cute, real animals are of course amazing to look at but really do not work in a cartoon movie. Why did they even try this?

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The technology has progressed a long way since the first Toy Story. Makes you wonder what the next 25 years will bring.

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Technically it was an amazing movie — but it just didn’t work as a piece of cinema. The realism and wildlife documentary feel of it was constantly snatched away from you with the film’s lighthearted and comedic dialogue.

As a tech demo, it was pretty amazing though.

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