Behind The Screen Story of Moana

3D animation

The contributions of Disney in the field of animation are countless. It has produced a number of animated films and series, which are irreplaceable and still rule the billion of hearts. Whether, it is the first animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, or the most advanced animated film, “Zootopia”, Disney have always amazed us with its unique creation. Moana is the upcoming animated movie by Disney, which is scheduled to release later this year on the 23rd November, 2016. This movie has already created a buzz among the audiences with its trailer and has become the much awaited movie of this year.

graphics of Moana

Moana is a musical adventure animated film, which is scheduled to release in the 3D animation format. This film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The story centres on a young princess, Moana, who masters the navigational skills. She uses this skill to fulfil her quest for discovering virgin islands and also in finding out the secrets of those places. She gets the help from the legendary demigod, Maui during her mission in unravelling the mysterious islands. They face many hurdles and fight with monsters during their journey.


The character of Moana is played by a 14 year old school girl, Auli’i Cravalho, who happens to be the youngest actress to voice any Disney’s lead character. The role of her partner demigod is played by Dwayne Johnson. This film is the first computer animated movie of both the directors. All the sequences are fully created by the CGI, except the tattoo of Maui, which were drawn by the hands.  The reason, why the directors choose to stick with the CGI technique is, that the sequences of the ocean and the environment were easy to create in comparison with the traditional animation. In fact, the animators advised the directors to create this movie in 3D animation, as it will depict the beauty of the South Pacific people in a more sculpting way. The directors went to Fiji, Samoa and Tahiti to learn the culture of the South Pacific. The movie will be released with different titles. For example, it will release as Vaiana in some countries due to the trademark issues. In Italy, it will be released with the title, Oceania and the name of the Moana will be changed to Vaiana. The music of the film is given by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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