“There was the button from the episode… Out of Gas. I gave it to Joss. It turned out it was at a good point because he was fighting for the movie to get made. I didn’t know it but he was hitting a lot of roadblocks. I gave him the button and I wrote out on a card, ‘When your miracle gets here…’”
Disney’s newest animated film Moana will hit theaters on November 23, 2016. Check out what we know so far!
1. The Story
Moana tells the story of a teenager who must set sail in the Pacific Ocean in order to save her people. Moana crosses paths with the once-mighty demigod Maui who helps her on her journey. The pair face many obstacles along the way including giant sea monsters. As Moana searches to fulfill the quest of her ancestors she ends up finding herself in the process.
2. The Cast
The lead part of Moana is played by Hawaii native Auli’i Cravalho. The above video summarizes her audition process. The demigod Maui will be voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Disney alum Alan Tudyk is listed as an unnamed additional voice. Those are the only cast members listed so far on the film’s imdb page.
3. The Music
The film’s score will be a collaboration between Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tarzan’s Mark Mancina, and Samoan musician Opetaia Foa’i. Miranda posted a tweet earlier this year hinting at the music that he promises will make us cry.
4. The Filmmakers
Moana is written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. They also wrote and directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog. You know, just three of the most quotable and lovable Disney animated films. Although we still haven’t seen an official trailer for Moana, I have a lot of faith in these two. I have high hopes that Moana will join the long list of successful Disney animated films.
She gives him her pack, and he doesn’t… really… no. That’s really, that’s K2. Like, he doesn’t, y’know— “Go get the bags, droid.” “No. I’d rather not. That’s not my thing.” —Alan Tudyk at the Rogue One Panel at Star Wars Celebration 2016
The cry baby is an electronic device that essentially simulates the distress call of a large (usually Alliance) ship, making a fine distraction when there is a need to make an Alliance cruiser decide between chasing your ship or rescuing what they think is a big ship full of people. It is highly illegal for any of a dozen reasons.
“That was the thing I was most excited about with the film, was to get back with this group of people that I genuinely adore, and genuinely respect. Not to toot anybody’s horns but I think they’re some of the most talented actors that I’ve ever worked with. It’s funny because we’ll go crying because we’re laughing so hard. And then the cameras roll and everyone’s so professional and makes their choices and works incredibly hard.” - Sean Maher