19 Apr 2019

The lion king shows how great modern animation can be

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Lion King Sunrise shot from official trailer Lion King Sunrise shot from official trailer Disney

Animation has come a long way...

Here's a nicely edited side-by-side comparison between the original Lion King film from 1994 with the new, as-yet unreleased 2019 version. It's a breathtaking insight into how far animation has come in 25 years. 

And it's not like the original film was exactly clunky. It's a lovely 2D "traditional" animation - albeit with the help of computers in some of the dramatic, sweeping landscape shots. 

The new film is poised to break box-office records, because fans, who might have wondered why it was necessary to remake such a classic, are likely to be astonished at the quality of the animation. Although we've only seen trailers, it looks like every breath of wind, every hair, blade of grass and speck of dust is faithfully rendered. 

Convincing animation

We've had convincing animal animation since the Life of Pi. But this is on another scale. It's hyper-real. I would argue that photorealistic animation like this is actually a new medium. 

Ultimately, we may find that cameras are merely inputs to computer animation and graphics systems that take the real world and resynthesise it to perfection. 

Here's the video, by YouTube user Sowick.

 

 


David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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