5 Best Animated Disney Animals

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5 Best Animated Disney Animals

Walt Disney Pictures became popular as a result of their animated pictures, It can be sometimes difficult to remember that fact considering today they are more interested in buying up other intellectual properties like Marvel and Star Wars and using them to pepper the upper echelon of the box office record-holders. The rest of their investments tend to be in their various theme parks and remaking live-action version of the animated films that helped build their empire. But perhaps live-action may be a misnomer. Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book was almost entirely digital effects, save for one child actor. His upcoming remake of The Lion King seems to have been done in a similar fashion but with not a single physical actor of any kind. 

The line has been blurring between live-action and animation ever since the special effects artists at Industrial Light and Magic were able to create the first fully-computer-generated character, the stained glass knight for Young Sherlock Holmes back in 1985. This is all well and good, film as an entire concept should change as technology does. George Lucas famously summed up the shift by saying that digital advancement was allowing filmmakers to become less like photographers and more like painters. But some filmmakers were always painters: animators. Here we will look back to the 80 or so years when Disney focused a great deal of energy on hand-drawn animation and some of their best products: the animal characters.

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