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

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.

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