Walt Disney Studios released a teaser today for The Lion King, an animated remake of its 1994 film of the same name.
The Walt Disney Company continues to try and mislead audiences by suggesting that the film is live action. In the Youtube video description, they state, “From Disney Live Action,” and while it may technically be true that the film is from their live-action division, it doesn’t take a scholar to look at the trailer and realize that there are no live-action performances onscreen.
It’s a mystery to us why the company is trying to gaslight audiences and convince them that this is a live-action film. Are they expecting audiences to believe that that’s Donald Glover in make-up as Simba in the image at the top of the post? Photoreal animation is still animation – and even though there’s plenty of virtual production techniques, performance capture, and perhaps even cinematography used in the film, those are still being applied to a final result that is principally animated.