Disney Pictures believes enough in the photorealism of their new CG animated “The Lion King” adaptation that the film’s director Jon Favreau was able to include one real live-action shot mixed somewhere in the film to prove it’s indistinguishable from the rest of it.
The filmmaker has now finally revealed what that shot is, and you won’t miss seeing it – turns out it’s the opening shot of the film, a landscape photo of the sun rising over Africa. The film otherwise consists of 1490 rendered shots in the final cut.
“The Lion King” has been criticised for going too realistic, thus the animals can’t emote like humans and ultimately delivering a rather cold film even if it is a beat-for-beat remake of its 1994 predecessor. In less than two weeks in cinemas though, it has made over $728 million worldwide.
View this post on Instagram
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.