I don’t know about you, but I’m counting down the days until Disney’s Moana comes out. From what I’ve seen already, I know I’m probably going to shed buckets of tears and love it with a passion, since it’s from the same incredible Disney animators and filmmakers that brought to life some of my favorite Disney films, like Aladdin! A few months ago I had the great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. I shared some of the experience in this previous post. Today, I thought I would share 5 fun facts that I learned when I attended this press day. Here they are below!
1. Their are periods of Pacific Islander history that are missing and have never been documented. This is because the culture is one of passing their history by verbally telling their stories. Since no one wrote down the history, no one really knows what happened during the times when Moana takes place. Disney decided to create the story of Moana to tell that story.
2. Dwyane “the Rock” Johnson is going to be singing in this film and I can’t wait to hear his beautiful voice! The rock can sing folks!
You can get a little preview of him singing in this video clip below:
3. Lin Manuel Miranda is helping to bring the music of Moana to life, so you know it’s going to be amazing! I can’t wait for the music alone! It makes me proud that a fellow Puerto Rican is making it happen in Hollywood and on Broadway!
4. The film is 3D and 2D animation. There is a fun 2D Tattoo character called Mini Maui who appears on the chest of Maui (the Rock’s character). He’s like Maui’s conscience and is animated by legendary Eric Goldberg! You may know Eric as the incredible animator of the Genie in Aladdin!
5. It’s just a coincidence that Auli’i Cravalho looks just like her character Moana. This wasn’t planned according to Directors Ron Clements & John Muskerof. They felt they just got lucky!
On November 12th I’ll have the chance to attend the press junket for Moana, where I’ll get to chat with Dwayne Johnson (voice of “Maui”), Auli’i Cravalho (voice of “Moana”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Music by), Opetaia Foa’i (Music by), Directors Ron Clements & John Musker, and Producer Osnat Shurer. Stay tuned for what I learn about the film there and our thoughts on the film as well!
MOANA arrives in theatres everywhere on November 23rd!
For More Info Visit the official MOANA website here: http://movies.disney.com/moana