‘The Lion King’ Could Compete for the Best Animated Feature Oscar – But Will It?

The last time director Jon Favreau was given the choice of submitting a CG remake as an animated film, he opted not to

The shorthand description for Disney’s new movie “The Lion King” is that it’s yet another live-action remake of one of the studio’s animated classics.

But even director Jon Favreau admits that his new version of “The Lion King” only looks like a live-action movie. In fact, it’s every bit as animated as the 1994 original, except that it’s animated by visual-effects artists working in the computer rather than Disney artists with hand-drawn cells.

And that means that if Disney wanted to enter it in the Academy Awards race for Best Animated Feature, it would definitely qualify and would be going up against the Disney-owned Pixar Animation Studios’ “Toy Story 4,” which came out in June, and to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” which will be out in November.

(Since “The Lion King” was made under the auspices of Walt Disney Studios rather than Disney Animation, it would also mean that three separate Disney companies would be competing for the award.)

Disney did not respond to TheWrap’s questions about whether it was planning to enter “The Lion King” in the…

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Awards editor and columnist for TheWrap. Been writing about entertainment and popular culture for more than 30 years for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Rock 'n' roll writer back in the day.