How The Lion King visual effects team used VR to go inside Disney’s CG adventure, by Rick Marshall


Disney is no stranger to reinventing its most popular properties, and that’s exactly what the studio did with 2019’s The Lion King, a remake of the 1994 feature of the same name that swapped traditional animation for a photo-realistic, computer-generated environment and animal characters.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the film follows a young lion cub named Simba who must embrace his destiny as ruler of the land and avenge the murder of his father. The film’s visual effects team was tasked with making an entire cast of photo-realistic CG animals talk — and occasionally sing — their way through Simba’s story, and was led by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Legato.


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