Realistic goal? ‘Lion King’ creators want Attenborough’s magic


Realistic goal? ‘Lion King’ creators want Attenborough’s magic

The creators of the animated film looked to David Attenborough’s nature docs for inspiration


Disney’s new 3D Lion King was inspired by the majestic scope of David Attenborough’s natural world documentaries – although the talking animals did cause some problem, its creators have revealed.

The film tells the classic tale of young lion cub Simba seeking to avenge his father Mufasa’s death and save his kingdom, rendered in photorealistic visuals using cutting-edge effects.

From the very opening scene, the remake – which emulates the 1994 original’s Circle of Life theme – treats viewers to breathtaking “shots” of antelopes, zebras and wildebeest galloping across the African savannah...

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