Check out our Moana: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Presentation.
If you are a huge animated movie fan, just meeting renowned directors Ron Clements & John Musker, Producer Osnat Shurer, and legendary animator, Eric Goldberg could get any better than that, right? Well, what about if I told you that this week we not only got to meet them but we got the opportunity to chat about a special little movie entitled Moana. Not only did we get a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, but we also got a little taste of some amazing Polynesian entertainment and even a lesson from Curator/Choreographer Tiana Liufau and her dance company. But that’s not all! If you have little Moana fans at home, like I do, I bet one or all of them are wearing Moana fashion these days. So, getting to chat it up with Costume Designer Neysa Bove was a pretty big deal for us this week.
Moana: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Presentation
Okay, so before I take you with me into this Moana behind-the-scenes presentation, I want to say one thing. We got the Moana Blu-Ray last week and all I can say is get it as soon as possible. We love this movie because of her relatable and powerful story. Besides that, the entire Polynesian culture is beautifully portraited and represented, which for me is truly important. Okay, now moving on to our Moana adventure, here we go!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
If you ever wanted to know anything about Moana, the best people to ask and will have the right answers would be Directors Ron Clements & John Musker, Producer Osnat Shurer, Costume Designer Neysa Bove and “Mini Maui” 2D Animation Supervisor Eric Goldberg. So, what should you know about Moana? These are some of the answers we got from Directors Ron Clements & John Musker:
- First of all, Ron told us that this whole journey started about five years ago.
- Second, the Moana team actually visited the South Pacific island of Fiji, Samoa, and Tahiti to do the necessary research to accurately portrait this culture and its people.
- Archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists, villagers, sailors, and navigators provided the necessary knowledge and input to develop final Moana’s story that we see in the movie.
As I previously mentioned, Moana’s Blu-Ray and DVD set is now available and to learn more about what went into this project, I suggest you watch the extras, most importantly watch the Voice of the Islands video. You will love it as much as I do.
Disney’s Aladdin is one of my favorite movies of all time and meeting legendary animator and the hands behind Genie and “Mini Maui” 2D Animation Supervisor, Eric Goldberg, was a total fan girl moment. He explained how combining 2-D and CG animation you can show detail, texture, and movement of all those tattoos on Maui, which by the way, has never been done before Moana. Make sure you check out the featurette called The Elements Of that explores what went into bringing Maui’s moving tattoo.
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Speaking of things to know about Moana, did you know that in Moana’s original story, she had brothers? Yes, that’s right. Can you picture Moana been the only girl in a house full of brothers? I honestly can’t. Ron, says that “in the earlier version of the story, Moana had several brothers. She was like, “I’m the only girl in the family full of brothers.” And the story went something like this: “One of the early screenings we had this big canoe race, where she’s basically races all her brothers and manages to finish sort of first. Then as the story evolved, the brothers went away, partly because we were trying to focus more on gender not being her problem so much, as she’s trying to find this voice within. Who is she?” I am glad that story evolved into what it is now.
If you and your little Moana fans love her fashion and wonder how her iconic necklace and dresses were conceived, Costume Designer Neysa Bove had this to say: “to give you an idea, just for the necklace, I think we went through 20-something different designs.” Let me just say, that’s a lot of renditions, so what about her outfits? After listening to what Neysa response: “At the end of the day, I think, “If I was a little girl, what would I wanna wear?” So, I always think that when I look at it. Like, would I be excited to wear that?”, it totally made sense to me. Of course, as a designer, you want to showcase what your audience wants while maintaining the authenticity of the culture.
I truly want to thank Directors Ron Clements & John Musker, Producer Osnat Shurer, Costume Designer Neysa Bove and “Mini Maui” 2D Animation Supervisor Eric Goldberg for taking us behind the scenes of this amazing culturally-rich movie. Oh, and one more thing, if you are wondering if there would be a sequel to Moana, Osnat said it best: “If there’s a really compelling story from within a world that we’ve already explored, we’ll look at doing a sequel.” So, I say, stay tuned for maybe a sequel. 🙂
Presentation with Curator/Choreographer Tiana Liufau and her dance company.
If speaking to these amazing people wasn’t enough, we got an amazing presentation from curator and choreographer Tiana Liufau. I invite you to see the video above which includes a special presentation by her dance company and an amazing Polynesian dance meaning lesson to very movement the dancers use in their performances. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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