MOANA is currently out in theaters and is now racking up most of the box office ever single weekend since. THIS is the perfect holiday Family Movie. Before the movie cam out I went out to Los Angeles for the #MOANAEvent where I walked the blue carpet, interviewed the cast and filmmakers and overall had the best time. To make sure you are caught up please check out the #MOANAEvent hashtag and see all the fun behind the scenes glimpses that I see during a Disney Press Event.
With that being said I have some SUPER exciting news to share with you all today!!
Co-Directors of Moana Ron Clements and John Musker ARE NOMINATED FOR A GOLDEN GLOBE! They released the following statement along with producer Osnant Shurer:
“In our 40-year careers, no film has been such a labor of love or more satisfying than Moana, about a young girl who saves the world. We’re so deeply honored that the hard work of the artists and cast is recognized by the HFPA.”
Now let’s get down to the interview I had with them right before the film came out:
Q: This was your first primarily computer animated film, how was that different? Were there new challenges or new opportunities you had for that?
RON: Some things are the same in terms of the script and the storyboarding and the voice actors. I mean that, that really isn’t different. But the actual production process is quite a bit different. We had to actually have tutorials before even the movie started.
JOHN: Yeah, Steve Goldberg worked on Pros and gave us a tutorial and said these jobs don’t exist in CG. These do exist and it’s a whole different thing and one of the big things is in hand-drawn you can get going a lot quicker. You know, you have a piece of paper, you got a pencil, you can start exploring the characters.
In CG they’ve got to build the characters, literally sort of create them in three-dimensional space. They’ve got to rig them which means they’ll put all the armature in there so they can move around. They got to create the world they work in. So, it’s a longer set of time.
Also, we had the crazy thing when we were watching we go to these review sessions when the movie was being done in CG where we’d look at it and say okay, so is that the real sky in that shot? And they say no, no, that’s just a placeholder. Forget the sky. And we go okay, but those trees, we should take those– no, no, the trees, were going to trade those out later for the real trees.
And then we’d say, so we can ignore those rocks? No, the rocks are the real thing. And we wouldn’t know looking at it why one was real and one–.
RON: It’s very complicated. There’s so many different stages. There are amazing things. I mean with, with the camera movement and the textures and the hair–. And the lighting. There’s a lot of cool things you can do. But a lot of things even that had to be figured out in the movie. Even the idea of a living ocean that has a personality of a monster, a lava monster, some of those things particularly where character animation and effects animation merge, that doesn’t– that isn’t done usually.
So, and there were a lot of things just to figure out how to do it and a lot of really smart people that, that sort of said we actually don’t know how to do this. We don’t even– but we are confident that we will figure it out.
ticed some Easter eggs when we saw this [OVERLAP], you know with Squirt in the very beginning, which was adorable and of course Sebastian in the end credits.
I loved hearing classic animation guys like Ron and John talk about the switching from hand animation to computer based animation. It was a great trip and again CONGRATS goes out to both of them for their Golden Globe Nomination!!
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For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
***Disclosure: I attended the #MOANAEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***