The trailer for the "Lion King" remake could almost make you believe that director Jon Favreau
shot his film with real animals. Only the fact that the animals speak makes you think that it's
an animated film. In fact, the remake was created completely on the computer, which
means that not even the actors stood in front of the camera for motion capture shots. In a
recently published interview with Favreau, he makes it clear that he doesn't want to call his
lion king remake an animated film.
He is quoted as follows:
“Well, it’s difficult because it’s neither, really. It depends what standard you’re using.
Because there’s no real animals and there’s no real cameras and there’s not even any
performance that’s being captured that’s underlying data that’s real. Everything is coming
through the hands of artists. But to say it’s animated I think is misleading as far as what the
expectations might be. And it also changes the way you sit and watch it. Because hopefully,
you could just watch it without it being introduced. If we put up that Rafiki footage and
didn’t say what it was, some people might know, some people might not know how it was
done, but it causes you to be present and mindful and pay attention because you’re trying to
figure out what you’re looking at. And that’s a great disposition to be in as an audience
Sounds like a pretty well-thought-out concept. in addition you can read
between the lines that they don't want the "Lion King" to be seen as an animated film
since the association with children's movies is too great here.
Whether animated film or not, the Lion king remake will be released on July 19.
2019 in US cinemas.