Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Features 1,490 CGI Shots—Only One Is A Real Photograph
By Mikelle Leow, 29 Jul 2019
Video screenshot via Walt Disney Studios
There’s no denying that 2019’s The Lion King is a step up from the original animated film in terms of visuals. Technology has advanced way, way further than what it could accomplish in 1994, presenting viewers with a picturesque movie of photorealistic animals and scenery straight out of real-life documentaries.
The film is a CGI wonder filled with 1,490 clips rendered by Walt Disney Studios’ animators and artists. Yet, director Jon Favreau managed to slip in one scene that wasn’t the result of visual effects.
On social media, Favreau shared that the opening clip of the movie, where The Circle of Life begins, was actually photographed in Africa.
The director adds that the shot was snuck in to see if audiences “would notice” the difference.
Seeing as how visual effects have progressed this far, it’s likely this gem has flown over the heads of viewers.
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This is the only real shot in #TheLionKing. There are 1490 rendered shots created by animators and CG artists. I slipped in one single shot that we actually photographed in Africa to see if anyone would notice. It is the first shot of the movie that begins The Circle of Life.
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[via Gizmodo UK, images via various sources]
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