Walt Disney Animation Studios MOANA Opens in 2016

Ron Clements and John Musker go back to the sea for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th feature film, MOANA.  The filmmaking team behind “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “The Princess and the Frog” will helm the CG animated comedy-adventure to be released November 23, 2016.  Fans are excited to see a South Pacific “person of color” represented in the title role of MOANA.  Continue reading for more details from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ press release.

Update November 2, 2016

Disney Animation’s latest short INNER WORKINGS will precede MOANA and explores the balance between the brain and the heart.  Mark Oguschewitz shares details of INNER WORKINGS here.

REMEMBER WHEN? -- Inspired by the transparent human anatomy pages in his childhood encyclopedia set, Leo Matsuda, director of Walt Disney Animation Studios' new short "Inner Workings," showcases the internal struggle between one's pragmatic, logical self and the free-spirited, adventurous self. Created in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, "Inner Workings" opens on Nov. 23, 2016, in front of Disney's "Moana." ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

REMEMBER WHEN? — Inspired by the transparent human anatomy pages in his childhood encyclopedia set, Leo Matsuda, director of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new short “Inner Workings,” showcases the internal struggle between one’s pragmatic, logical self and the free-spirited, adventurous self. Created in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, “Inner Workings” opens on Nov. 23, 2016, in front of Disney’s “Moana.” ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update October 25, 2016

The MOANA original motion picture soundtrack is coming on November 18 and features seven original songs, a full original score, plus two reprises as well as two end-credit versions of songs from the film.

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The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music includes Tony- and Grammy-winning songwriter/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who counts among his credits Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton” and the Tony-winning “In the Heights.” The creative team also includes three-time Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan” and the Oscar-winning “Training Day”) and Opetaia Foa’i, the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, a winner of numerous world music awards.

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

 

“How Far I’ll Go” is Moana’s song written by Miranda and is performed in the film by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho. The end-credit version of the song is performed by Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara. Her gold-certified album Know-It-All includes the multi-platinum singles “Here” and “Wild Things,” plus the critically-acclaimed single “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Cara is a Juno Award winner for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is a 2016 America Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year. She recently completed a tour with Coldplay.

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

Written by Miranda and performed by Dwayne Johnson in the film, “You’re Welcome” showcases the colorful personality of Maui. Hollywood Records artist Jordan Fisher teams up with Miranda for the end-credit version of “You’re Welcome.” After a breakout performance in the Emmy Award-winning production of Grease: Live, Jordan Fisher released his debut single, “All About Us,” which soared to the top of the Billboard Pop charts. Fisher, who recently opened for Alicia Keys at this year’s Apple Music Festival, has joined the Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” and is set to release his full-length album in 2017.

The Moana soundtrack can be pre-ordered today HERE and a digital pre-order will be available Friday, Oct. 28th. The Moana original motion picture soundtrack features 14 tracks and will be available wherever music is sold and streamed on Nov. 18, 2016. The Moana two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which are also available Nov. 18, feature additional tracks including demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks.

Update October 7, 2016

Click here for printable activity sheets released for Disney’s MOANA.

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Update September 15, 2016

“It’s Maui Time!” Take a good look at Disney’s MOANA in the latest trailer.

Update September 12, 2016

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared the official poster for Disney’s MOANA kicking off #MoanaMondays ahead of a new trailer on Thursday, September 15.

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Update August 30, 2016

Film clip released for Disney’s MOANA – Moana’s first challenge is convincing Maui to join her.

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MOANA’S MISSION — Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) may be a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome—but he’s no match for Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who’s determined to sail out on a daring mission to save her people. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Update August 8, 2016

Very cute TV spot released for Disney’s MOANA.  You start to get a sense of the humor for this film, and can hear Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice singing in the background music.  Check it out below:

Update July 26, 2016

Click here for the full character list and voice talent revealed for Disney’s MOANA.

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Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update June 13, 2016

First “teaser” trailer released for Disney’s MOANA is gorgeous, funny, and filled with music – just what you would expect from the best of Walt Disney Animation.

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MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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MAUI is a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome. Charismatic and funny, he wields a magical fishhook that allows him to shapeshift into all kinds of animals and pull up islands from the sea. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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Update October 7, 2015

Ever wonder what it feels like to get your first big break in Hollywood?  Watch this video as native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho finds out she’ll be voicing the title character in Disney’s MOANA alongside Dwayne Johnson.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ MOANA has found her voice following a worldwide search to cast the film’s title character. Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, 14, joins Dwayne Johnson in the big-screen adventure about a spirited and fearless teenager named Moana (voice of Cravalho) who, with help from demi-god Maui (voice of Johnson), sets out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder.

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Voice of Disney’s MOANA is native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, 14. Photo by Hugh E. Gentry. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

While hundreds of talented people from across the Pacific Islands were eager to try out for the role, Cravalho set her sights firmly on her sophomore year of high school. “I didn’t think I would have a chance,” she said. “When I was little, I used to dance around the house singing at the top of my lungs. In my mind, that was performing and I loved the feeling of it. But I never imagined being in a Disney movie, being Moana—representing my culture in that way.”

Fortunately, the film’s Hawai’i casting director remembered an unrelated audition Cravalho did as part of an a cappella group, which had been submitted for a talent showcase for a charity. Feeling the local teen would be perfect for the Disney role, she tracked her and her mother down and invited Cravalho to audition. “Her audition was fantastic – she was such a raw talent,” said producer Osnat Shurer. “Auli’i was among a small number of girls we brought back for a second round of auditions. Then we flew her and her mom over to audition at our studios in Burbank.”

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ artist Jin Kim showcases the look of the title character in the upcoming adventure “Moana.” ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

“Auli’i demonstrated a certain fearlessness in her auditions and call-backs,” said director John Musker. “She has a playful, mischievous wit. She can project vulnerability, she doesn’t seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead, and her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work and music. These are all qualities she shares with Moana.”

“Moana is a vibrant, tenacious 16-year-old growing up on an island where voyaging is forbidden,” added director Ron Clements. “But Moana has been drawn to the ocean since she can remember and is desperate to find out what’s beyond the confines of her island.”

Cravalho has already started recording for the role.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ artist Jin Kim showcases the look of the title character in the upcoming adventure “Moana.” ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update August 14, 2015

Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7,” HBO’s “Ballers”), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” hit the stage at D23 EXPO 2015.  MOANA tells the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder.

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER, and DWAYNE JOHNSON at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

 

Renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), and producer Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin’”) shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it.

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

 

Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s hottest new hit “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed”, “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder. Foa’i capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music.

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

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OSNAT SHURER, RON CLEMENTS, and JOHN MUSKER at the D23 EXPO 2015 (ABC/Image Group LA)

 

“Our research took us deep into the South Pacific,” said Clements. “The wonderful people we met there, their rich history and traditions, and their fantastic music changed us forever.”

“We can’t wait to bring those experiences to MOANA,” added Musker. “We are incredibly lucky to be able to work with three amazing artists who are the absolute best at what they do. The sounds they create will be something we’ve never heard before—but it’ll feel like it’s been part of this world forever.”

Original post from October 20, 2014 follows below

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios Press Release

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Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans today for “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”).

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

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