Bringing Dreams to Life: Disney’s The Lion King

Bringing Dreams to Life: Disney’s The Lion King

Disney reigns when it comes to innovations in animation you need to see to believe.


Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner


Jon Favreau

Release date

July 18, 2019

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Jon Favreau
’s The Jungle Book thrilled audiences in 2016 with its modern take on a Disney classic, created using ground-breaking technology to achieve a unique style of animation. And now he’s back and pushing the boundaries of the medium even further with Disney’s The Lion King, a beloved story with memorable characters and musical numbers, that is meant to be experienced on the big screen. Favreau’s photo-realistic animation is as ambitious as it comes and unlike anything we’ve seen in the history of cinema. It’s creative new tech like this that keeps us coming to the movies.

Look beyond what you see

In The Lion King, Favreau and his team utilize a filmmaking technique so new that at first the media struggled with what to call it. The industry has settled on the term “virtual production.” Entire lifelike sets are virtually constructed from live-action and computer-generated imagery. Favreau and his crew are able to “tour” the sets while wearing a virtual reality headset. In VR, Favreau and his cinematographer are able to look in every direction to explore and choose shots, just as if they were in the real Serengeti plains. Characters are then animated into the scene, voices are recorded, and after thousands of hours of extremely hard work, voila, you have hyper-realistic lions singing love songs against the backdrop of an African sky. As the wise baboon Rafiki once said, “look beyond what you see” and we can witness the impossible. Those pushing the limits of virtual production are bringing stories to life in ways that are only limited by our imaginations.

Walt would approve

For almost a century, the Walt Disney Company has been at the forefront of innovation in animation. Producing what’s considered the first widely released full-length animated feature in full colour and sound (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) in 1937, they’ve also had a hand in utilizing computer-generated imagery in animated films since the 1980s, as well as partnering with Pixar for 1995’s Toy Story, the first fully CGI animated feature. Walt Disney’s legacy and drive to push the boundaries of animation lives on to this day in people like Favreau, working with the company that Disney built to keep the moviegoing experience fresh and exciting.

“Hakuna Matata”

To truly experience the wonder of this new movie-making technology, you need to see it in a theatre. Where else can you see astoundingly real animals talking out their troubles on a 50-foot screen? The movies have always been a special place to experience what it’s like to be somewhere completely different from your own surroundings, to escape reality into a world where you can forget your problems – where it feels like there are no worries for the rest of your days.

The Lion King is a visual spectacle that must be experienced on the big screen.

Watch this film in the best possible theatrical experience, like Ultra AVX or IMAX, and immerse yourself in the stunning visuals of Africa. The classic songs performed by Beyoncé and Donald Glover will have kids, teens and those old enough to remember the originals grooving in unison.

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