Moana made global history by being Disney’s first feature-length film to center on a Polynesian princess, drawing inspiration from the legends of multiple South Pacific Ocean cultures. In New Zealand, though, the movie’s connecting with local audiences of Maori descent in a unique and important way.
There’s no shortage of cool stuff to see walking around a Disney convention. A huge percentage of the people there are strictly for to buy merchandise. Unfortunately, some of the coolest merchandise in the entire convention was not for sale.
We know that all movies change a lot, but it’s still shocking to think that Moana, whose role as the eventual leader of her people was central to the movie, was once supposed to have six older brothers.
A movie like Moana doesn’t come together without a few things hitting the cutting room floor. But even when that happens, it’s rare that fans ever get to see it.
If you’ve been looking for a place to publicly belt out your favorite song from Moana, head back to theaters on January 27. That’s the day Disney is releasing a sing-a-long version of the film on over 2,000 screens across the U.S.
In movies, there’s usually a moment where everything clicks. Where the image, emotion, and sound meet in perfect harmony and no matter what happens before or after, you realize you are in love with this moment. The cinema of 2016 had plenty of these moments, and we picked our 16 favorites.
Moana has been the number one movie at the box office in the U.S. for three weeks in a row, so odds are a lot of you have seen it. And maybe you are looking for a perfect way to commemorate your love for this great movie. Well, I think this poster just might do the trick.
The films the io9 team has picked as the best science fiction and genre films of 2016 are a very motley crew. This year we loved superheroes, animation, farting corpses, live action, talking animals, and more. These are films spanning different genres, disciplines, and themes, which experienced varied levels of…
Moana is incredible—and packed with some truly brilliant moments and amazing visuals. But one of the funnest moments of the film is the moment Moana meets demi-god Maui, as he breaks into a boastful song called “You’re Welcome.” Now the studio has released the full scene from the film to watch online.
Coming with Moana is a short called “Inner Workings,” which makes the battle between instinct and thoughtfulness literal by showing our internal organs having faces and very different agendas.
Normally when reviewing a movie, you come up with a healthy mix of positive and negative things to say about it. In the case of Disney’s Moana, though, I’m really struggling to come up with the latter. It’s just that wonderful.
Off the top of your head, you can probably rattle off dozens of famous live-action film directors. In animation though, except for a very elite group, the directors are rarely the stars of the show. Two names that may not be on that list, but should, are Ron Clements and John Musker.
He’s got Moana. He’s got Mary Poppins Returns. Eventually, he’ll have The Little Mermaid, too. But that’s not all when it comes to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s relationship with Disney. He’s also working on a secret movie with Byron Howard, one of the directors of Zootopia.
The Troll Hunter remake is no more. Gugu Mbatha-Raw responds to those God Particle/Cloverfield rumors. Charlie Cox talks about the villain he wants for Daredevil season 3. Plus, rumors about Peter Parker’s love interest in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Behold, Spoilers!
Later this month, Disney is releasing the animated musical Moana, which is directed by the same people who made The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. And if the early reviews are right, the directors have lived up to that incredible standard.
The writer of the Mummy reboot promises it’ll be terrifying. Scarlett Johansson discusses being the star of Ghost in the Shell. A familiar face is returning to iZombie. Plus, casting for Jurassic World 2, new footage from Moana and Star Wars Rebels, and behind-the-scenes images from Rogue One. Spoilers now!
With films like Frozen, Zootopia, and Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios is in the midst of a renaissance, much like it was in the early ’90s with films like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. Now, with Disney’s latest film, Moana, these two eras are finally crossing over, thanks to…
Suspiria’s star will return for the remake. A familiar face from Prometheus will appear in Alien: Covenant. An old American Horror Story character will return for Roanoke. Plus, new Power Rangers images, more confirmation of characters returning for The Defenders, and Gotham casts Catwoman’s mom. Spoilers Get!
Sony’s Mulan movie gets a director. James Gunn ponders the Guardians of the Galaxy spinoff he’d like to do most. Get a good look at Stephen Merchant’s Logan character. Plus, new clips from Moana, The Flash, and Star Wars Rebels, and new set pictures from The Punisher. Spoilers Get!
The Power Rangers movie casts a major supporting character. Pacific Rim 2 casts another young star. American Horror Story’s current season has links back to Freak Show. Dwayne Johnson offers an update from the set of Jumanji, plus, what’s to come on Gotham, Arrow, Flash, and more. To me, my spoilers!