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…it’s an epic, or even mythic, adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific.

The lead character, Moana Waialiki is the only daughter of a Chief in a long line of navigators. She’s really a bit of nerd, but a nerd about sea voyaging, and when her family need her help, she sets off on an epic journey. Some of the other characters are demi-gods and spirits drawn from real mythology.

Please note that this blog is in no way affiliated with official Walt Disney Animation Studios, this is purely a personal blog

Hi guys! No news this time around, but I wanted to clear some things up about some stuff I said, and some stuff that has been going around the inter webs.

First up: The film “The Name Game” doesn’t exist. Never has, and probably won’t in any form for awhile, we have a full slate. The way the studio works, we’re all very interconnected. People take notes on each other’s films, giving tips on what to change, or just point out what’s good. This can be in any form, from storyboards and concept art, to actual shot scenes. And while not all of us are in the story team room, stuff trickles out. So, to a rough extent, we all know a little something about most of the films in development. And through this, I can definitively say “The Name Game” never existed. After Mort was canceled, Clements and Musker jumped right into Moana, which is when I was originally brought on the project. Unless it’s being developed in some secret room only John Lasseter can see, it should be pretty safe to assume that.

Another thing I wanted to clear up was about Giants. I did mention that they’re in voiceover casting at the moment, and that is true. However, this doesn’t mean you should expect the movie to arrive on the original November 2016 date. In honesty, Giants has been shaky. The story is there, and it has great heart, but it just isn’t clicking. Voice casting can be made many years before release, depending on who is at the helm. At this point, a variety of things could happen. Moana could come out before Giants, or Giants before Moana. We’re talking a release from anything between 2016 and 2018. 

Also, one little tiny tidbit I wanted to throw in: Zootopia is doing very well. It could release in November 2015 if the suits let it, but next year Pixar is making a big splash with 2 films, so that isn’t happening.

Well, that’s it! Sorry if I went off on a tangent there. You guys are so awesome and I love giving you guys a peek, even if I can’t as much any more.

-Inside the mouse house

…Oscar the cat lives on. He’s kinda short too. (But you didn’t hear it from me)

As always thank you so much for a great submission, lots of valuable information to clear some things up! I’m starting to get especially excited for Zootopia and I’m so jealous the artists are going to Africa for research! Hope to hear from you again sometime ^__^

Hey there Moana fans! This is probably going to be my last message for awhile, since they’ve been cracking down on leaks in the office. I can’t say much, but just remember, keep the fandom going strong. A strong presence is exactly what will keep Moana alive throughout production. We’re still a few years away from release, so anything can happen until then. However, if you want the project (and any other film from any company for that matter) to stay afloat, be LOUD. Keep drawing, write fanfics, make the suits know you exist! Look at what happened to Deadpool recently, the internet’s response to a leaked demo video got the movie out of development hell. 

This doesn’t just apply to Moana either. Fight for Zootopia, Giants, any film you want to see in theaters. Be loud, be bold, and keep being the lovely people you are.

Thank you so much for your support, you have no idea how much it means.

-Inside the mouse house

MOD: Thank you so much for everything! We really appreciate everything you guys have done for us! So thank you for making a Polynesian film and providing us with more cultural diversity, thank you for all your hard work, thank you for looking at our blogs, for taking the time to write to us and keeping us in the loop! =)

Us Disney fans look forward to everything and we’ll do our best to fight for all the future films (I myself am particularly looking forward to hearing more about Zootopia!)

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bente36:

Moana~ which will be out 4 years later //sops. ~Flower crown princess~

twogranniesandanaxe:

Moana Waialiki will be Disney’s first Polynesian princess!

I can’t wait for this. Here’s my idea of her :D

arbetta:

Boceto coloreado de “Moana”, la futura princesa polinesia de Disney. No hay diseño de ella, así que esta es una idea simplemente ;)

roroodle-doodle:

MORE MOANA FANART FOR THE MOANA FANART THRONE

Are they still making her a chief’s daughter tho? I’m starting to rethink incorporating the lei niho palaoa in her design; maybe just a regular, non-royalty girl who likes to spend her free time plotting out sailing routes if they’re keeping that “she’s really into ocean navigation” trait.

auriceli:

Inspired by Disney’s upcoming story: Moana

Hey again guys! Once again from the mouse house. It’s been a crazy few days. Things have been moving so fast out of the blue. The lovely Jennifer Lee submitted a new draft of Wrinkle the other day, and it got an extremely good response. The powers that be are considering a switch to live action. If that’s the case, it could open the floodgates for me to storm back into Moana production. ;)

On a side note, early last week they had some VO auditions, and there was some heresay around the office that Daisy Ridley (of Star Wars fame) was brought in for a private audition for a speaking/singing role. Not sure what project it’s for, but Giants has been in preliminary VO casting for a bit, so that seems to be most likely the part she went in for. 

Also, the Frozen Frenzy short should be opening in front of Cinderella, barring any production delays. 

Thanks again for the awesome support! We love looking at the fan art! Keep ‘em coming! ;)

-Inside the mouse house

Another lovely submission from the Mouse House with lots on information for us Disney fans! Sounds amazing and thanks for always keeping us in the loop! Can’t wait for all of these films to come out *u*

dianacastle:

My personal take on Disney’s next princess; Moana. I’m super excited to see what they do with their polynesian princess, though I doubt tattoos will be involved ( sadly). Looking forward to some official concept art being released in the next year or so. <3

poly—nesian:

this is my 12 year old cousin’s take on moana and i luv it