LONDON (Reuters) – How do you make a computer-generated lion, warthog and hyena look real while singing and talking at the same time?
That was the challenge a visual effects team of more than 1,000 people faced when working on Disney’s “The Lion King” remake of the 1994 animation, aiming to bring to life the much-loved characters, Mufasa and Simba, against a stunning but fake African savannah backdrop.
Last year’s second biggest grossing film, with global cinema takings of $1.6 billion according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo, “The Lion King” received a widely-expected visual effects Oscar nomination on Monday for its “photo real” digital imagery that makes it look like a wildlife documentary.
A mammoth team worked on the Jon Favreau-directed movie, produced with computer animation, virtual reality, gaming technology and live-action methods. Visual effects company MPC, owned by technology and entertainment company Technicolor and with studios around the globe, was…
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