Disney movies have been on a bit of a wild roller coaster since the old days. We all have our own opinions about Frozen, and I'm pretty sure its "cult classic" status is still up for debate. I mean, have we really gotten "Let It Go" out of our heads? Really?
Disney's latest project, Moana, could be just the boost of old-timey morale the company needs to bring itself back.
John Lasseter, Walt Disney Studios' creative chief, gave fans new details about the upcoming film, comparing it to The Lion King and Pocahontas. Both of these films are well-known Disney classics, and comparing them to the new project is a pretty bold move, considering fans' fond attachment to them.
“Disney’s first Polynesian princess movie is a musical in the tradition ofThe Little Mermaid or Pocahontas. It opens with a song number with Moana’s birth that brings to mind ‘The Circle of Life’ from The Lion King.”
Can we trust the movie will be this good? The film follows the classic Hero's Journey: the leading lady journeys into an ancient land after a major family event. Viewers will be sent thousands of years into the past, following the rebellious travels of a teenager.
“The story is set 2,000 years in the past, where 16-year-old Moana wants to set sail to explore nearby islands. After her grandmother’s death, she sneaks away in a boat (despite her father’s instructions not to do so), along with sidekicks in the form of a pig (Pua) and a rooster (Hei). When she gets stranded on an island, she meets mythical hero Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who wears tattoos that come to life and owns a magical sea hook.”
But not only will she encounter ancient gods, she'll get to sing about it. That's right, Disney fans, this is a musical! This musical will be handled by Ron Clements and John Musker, the same team that brought us The Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog, and Aladdin.
More classics. I know, I know, name drops everywhere!
Lasseter unveiled this news at the Cannes event where he also gave us some juicy tidbits about Pixar's projects The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and Toy Story 4.
As if my heart can take anymore feels from my childhood!
Moana is set to take us back in time November 23, 2016.