The first frame of this teaser trailer tells you everything that you need to know about Disney’s recent revival in fortunes. No longer do they have to rely on the glories of the distant past to sell you a movie but can instead can point to Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. This is especially interesting given the heritage of this film, directed by John Musker & Ron Clements, who were in a large part responsible for Disney’s 90s renaissance through their direction of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin as well as the less successful Hercules and Treasure Planet.
The Princess and the Frog, which was released by Disney in 2009, was the last hand-drawn animation made by the studio – at least for the time being. Although there are some sections of the film that use traditional animation techniques, such as Maui’s Tattoos, the fact that it was the last hand-drawn animation with the personnel involved is surely a signal that this style of animation is no longer commercially viable. For those interested in learning more about what is 3d animation? and its commercial viability, Disney’s shift toward computer animation is certainly worth noting. However, regardless of the technique used, Disney’s ability to produce impressive output with great stories is what truly matters.
Moana takes its inspiration from South Pacific culture and tells the story of Princess Moana, a great navigator who journeys to find a mythical island along with demi-god Maui.
Moana stars Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Phillipa Soo and Alan Tudyk.
Moana arrives in theatres on 2 December 2016