The next Disney princess movie has been announced and fans will have to wait over 4 years to finally meet Moana (pronounced mo-ah-na).
The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology.
With Disney’s push to appeal to more ethnically diverse audiences (like Tiana from “Princess and the Frog” or Merida from :Brave”), Moana will be of Polynesian decent.
Rumor had it that Disney was originally planning on animating “Moana” in the same unique style as “Paperman” (the short animated film that premiered before “Wreck-It-Ralph).
Our research has shown that may not be the case however as Disney doesn’t feel the technology is ready for a full feature length film.
“Moana” will be directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (“Aladdin”, “The Little Mermaid” and “The Princess and the Frog”).
Also, we all know that music is one of the most important components of a successful Disney film. Whether it is composed by Alan Menken or Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a soundtrack can make or break a Disney animated feature.
Fortunately, Disney has brought on Mark Mancina (The Lion King, Tarzan, Brother Bear) so the score seems to be in good hands.
Sadly, “Moana” won’t be released until 2018. The good news is, there is plenty of Disney films to tide us over during the wait.