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D23 Expo 2015: ‘Moana’ Unveils Musical Team, Logo, Story Details

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Fresh from D23’s Disney Animation panel, we have new details about Disney’s November 2016 release, Moana, directed by the legendary duo of Ron Clements and John Musker.

The film will bring its music to life with Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, giving the South Pacific setting an authentic sound. We can perhaps expect something similar to the stylings of Lilo & Stitch‘s beautiful Hawaiian feel.

The story involves Moana (whose name means “ocean”), a young girl who dreams of adventure. Moana’s father disapproves of sea voyaging, but her grandmother encourages it with legends of Maui, a demigod voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who made a surprise appearance at the panel).

Also, the film is keeping its original title. For a while, there were rumors of changing the title from the story’s protagonist to an adjective along the lines of Tangled or Frozen.

All this news is coming pretty fast. How pumped are you for Moana?

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Blake Taylor

Blake is a scriptwriter at Elevation Church, where he develops documentary shorts and creative elements as part of the film team. He graduated Appalachian State University studying Electronic Media Production and is an alumni of the Disney College Program. Blake’s favorite films are Mary Poppins, The Lion King, and Toy Story 3. You can find him on Twitter (@blake_242) and visit his blog at blakeonline.com.