Animation takes a long time, and studios look ahead years in advance. Disney Animation Studios, which recently released the amazing Frozen, already has their eye on 2018. According to io9, the studio plans to release Moana (pronounced Mo-AH-na) in five years, and it sounds like it will be another interesting spin on a princess film, although a source tells Bleeding Cool that this story “is fresh and original, not a fairytale movie”. Here’s the logline:
“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.”
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As you can probably guess from the title character’s name, John Musker and Ron Clement (Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) will be taking their story “across a series of islands in the South Pacific”. io9 also reports that the story will be set around 2,000 years ago. Bleeding Cool adds there might also be “a Tiki carving as a character.”
The plot sounds interesting, but what’s even more exciting is how it might be animated. According to Bleeding Cool, the studio is also developing “a new style of CG that’s somewhat like but certainly not identical to the techniques used on Paperman.” It will be interesting to see what this means exactly, but it’s important to remember 2018 is far away. So much can change in that time span, and perhaps by the time Moana is released (assuming it isn’t canceled), it will be completely different than even the vague information we have right now.
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