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codered434
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codered434

I see the argument people make on the other end of this, saying:

“It’s easier to call it live action, and it’s close enough to real, so calling it live action just distinguishes it from the original”

But my counter argument is this:

If this is live action, what about ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, or any other stop motion movie? That’s even closer, it’s taken with a real camera of real objects.

How about something like ‘Love Death + Robots’? It’s all completely animated, but some episodes have a hyper realistic design to them. Is that live action?

I see the argument, it’s definitely there, I just struggle with where you draw the line. For me personally, it’s when there’s no real *anything* in the movie. If a good portion of it was traditionally filmed, I would feel more comfortable calling it a live action movie. That’s just me personally.

I guess maybe I’m biased too because I make 3D CG for a living.

ARedditorOnReddit
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ARedditorOnReddit

The most accurate term to describe the style of computer animation in The Lion King would be [hyperreal](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperreality).

Either way, it’s still animated.

riptide747
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riptide747

Live action is when you make a cartoon into a real world movie with actual actors and filmed locations and sets. Just because the animation looks realistic doesn’t make it live action.

natephant
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natephant

I fully agree.

But I can understand the terminology because they are producing a ‘series’ of these films. Cinderella, beauty and the beast, maleficent, jungle book, dumbo, Aladdin. And all of the humans are in fact live action.

Lion king fits in with this new series, but has no human characters. So do they include it with the series? Or set it aside as it’s own 3rd type of film?

Disney chose to include it.

oxilite
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oxilite

If only there were another phrase to capture how it was not real, but looked realistic, almost like a photo… Hmm oh well, nothing comes to mind.

trevordbs
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trevordbs

No one wants to see lion king filmed like nthose damn Labrador retriever puppy movies on Netflix.

prettehkitteh
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prettehkitteh

You know what really grinds my gears? When people don’t know how to use apostrophes.

DynamicForce
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DynamicForce

Yes. This. Thank you

invisible32
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invisible32

The aspect of it that makes it live action is the animation is done over an actual environment.