Disney has announced a new animated series, Moana: The Series that will be launching next summer. This is not the first time we have seen Disney+, as they made their debut on November 12th last year with high hopes and millions of subscribers already signed up.
Disney+’s Moana: The Series Director is the latest news in Disney Animation. The series will be directed by Taika Waititi, who also directed “Thor Ragnarok.”
In animation veteran David G. Derrick Jr., Disney+’s Moana spinoff series gets a “shiny” new director. The previously announced Moana, The Series, which will premiere in 2024, will follow Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) as the wayfinder beyond the reefs of Motunui after the events of the 2016 film. Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer Jennifer Lee revealed the long-form musical comedy series at Disney Investor Day 2020, saying that the project from Oscar-nominated producer Osnat Shurer (Moana, Raya, and the Last Dragon) will connect with talent from the Pacific Islands.
Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed on Twitter that his work on Moana “deepened [Derrick’s] relationship with his family’s Samoan heritage.”
Derrick stated in a statement, “Working on Moana was both a personal and professional blessing. The film Moana captured the essence of Polynesia and shared it with the rest of the globe. I’m thrilled to carry on her tale and to recognize the Pacific Islands’ diverse and wonderful cultures.”
David G. Derrick Jr. has been confirmed as the director of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” series for @DisneyPlus. Derrick originally joined Disney Animation in 2016 to work on Moana, which strengthened his bond with his Samoan ancestors. pic.twitter.com/0MslhBs9OD
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Megamind and How to Train Your Dragon for DreamWorks Animation, Marvel animated series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Disney’s 2019 live-action re-imagining of The Lion King, and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto are among Derrick’s storyboard credits.
The musical hit from Disney Animation veteran directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) grossed $645 million worldwide and featured music by Mark Mancina (Disney’s Tarzan) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Disney’s Encanto) as well as Dwayne Johnson as the shape-shifting Maui.
When announcing the sequel spinoff series on Disney+, Lee remarked, “There is such a profound love for this character and this film, and that love has only increased in the years since the film’s first release.” “Moana’s limitless spirit of exploration and navigational talents lead her behind the reef in the series.”
Lee went on to say, “The profound oral storytelling traditions of the Pacific Islands have inspired us from our initial research travels to the area for the film. We’re enlisting the support of local talent to help us convey the story for this new series.”
Moana, The Series is a new long-form musical series that follows Moana, a brave explorer who journeys far beyond the reef. The studio is reuniting with Pacific Island storytellers to assist communicate the tales of navigation and other customs that have been passed down through centuries via oral storytelling.
Disney’s Moana, The Series, which was originally scheduled to launch in 2023, will now debut in 2024 on Disney+.
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