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

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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.

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Steve Pond

Awards Editor • steve@thewrap.com • Twitter: @stevepond