The Lion King (2019) combined digital tools with traditional cinematic techniques

By Josh Rottenberg
Updated July 24 2019 - 8:23pm, first published 10:37am

In the run-up to the release of the highly anticipated remake of The Lion King, the film was generally referred to as a live-action reinterpretation of the 1994 animated classic, the latest in a string of such films Disney has released in recent years, including Dumbo. But if you think about it for more than two seconds, that can't possibly be an accurate description, because lions, hyenas, meerkats and warthogs don't actually talk. Or dance. Or burst into song.

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