The Walt Disney Company cannot stop lying. The company put out another press release on Sunday touting that Frozen 2 has become the highest-grossing animated film of all time over the weekend. That information is patently false.
Frozen 2 is still $330 million shy of the animated feature that currently holds the all-time record: the 2019 remake of The Lion King.
It’s a bizarre thing to lie about because either way Disney still owns the top-grossing animated film of all time. And the second-highest grossing. And the third and the fourth…but who’s counting?
At this point, everyone who needs to know how The Lion King was produced knows how it was produced. There is no controversy within the industry about the film’s productions techniques. It is well understood by professionals everywhere that the film was produced through keyframe animation techniques, not through live film techniques.
Further, everyone who worked on Frozen 2 knows that the 2019 The Lion King is also an animated film.
Everyone who worked on The Lion King knows what they produced is an animated film.
Everyone who works at Disney corporate, from company CEO Bob Iger downward, understands that The Lion King is animated.
Amazingly, even the foreign film journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association understand that The Lion King is an animated film because they nominated the film in their animation category.
No matter how many times the Disney Company tells you otherwise, the 2019 version of The Lion King has always been and will always be an animated film. Facts matter, and that’s the truth.
(Editorial illustration at top: Cartoon Brew. “Frozen 2” and “The Lion King” images © Walt Disney Co.)