Thank Goodness We're Getting Disney's Lovely Moana Sooner Than Expected

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Feast your eyes on some lovely new artwork for Moana, the Disney animated film about a Polynesian girl who goes on a dangerous journey. When we first told you about this film it was slated for a 2018 release — but thank goodness, we're getting it in November 2016 instead.


Along with the new artwork and updated release date, Disney also released a new synopsis of Moana, which is directed by John Musker and Ron Clement (who worked on Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog):

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.

That does sound incredible. Early rumors suggested the art style would be similar to the animated short Paperman, but apparently that's no longer the case. Still looks amazing, though.

Musker talked to Huffington Post about the genesis of this film:

I grew up reading the novels of Melville and Conrad. And the South Seas, the exotic world that a lot of their stories are set in, was extremely intriguing to me. Just looking at the art which comes out that corner of the globe — the carvings, the statuary, the sculpture — I thought that it all begged for this bigger-than-life treatment that you can only get with animation. So to expand on that idea, I then began reading up on the mythology of this area. Which is when I came across these incredible tales about Maui, who's one of the great cultural heroes of the South Pacific.

When they took their idea to Disney's John Lasseter, though, he said this called for a lot more on-the-ground research. So Musker and Clement ended up spending a lot of time in the South Seas, researching the islands and their culture, in order to get it right. "Those trips have been revelatory and kind of life-changing in a way," Musker tells HuffPo. "In that it made us take our very simple outline and rework the whole thing."

Expect Moana on or around Nov. 23, 2016.




...I bet it gets a new title before then.

I didn't invent the rules of English compound vowel pronunciation, but I'm betting they will adversely affect this film's marketing if they leave it as is.

Am I correct to assume this name is pronounced in a way that rhymes with "Joanna"?Perhaps with more of an a than an æ pronunciation for that first letter A?

No idea where the emphasis would be for that name either. MO-ahn-ah? mo-AHn-ah?