How far did Moana go from the initial drawing-board version? With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character. As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.
Actor, singer, ‘Hamilton’ creator, Academy Award-nominated songwriter and social media favourite Lin-Manuel Miranda let his followers in on Monday’s Oscar luncheon. The annual lunch honouring this year’s class of nominees, which also included many Academy members as guests, took place at the Beverly Hilton and beyond the usual group photo we don’t typically know much about what takes place there. Miranda had other ideas, tweeting his experiences with all the glee of a fan, or indeed a first-time nominee.
It’s time to face facts: Pixar, the pioneers of the 3D animation field and the former gold standard for animated movies in Hollywood, has been left behind by its House of Mouse stablemate Disney Animation Studios. Pixar’s impeccable run of form from ‘Toy Story’ (1995) to ‘Toy Story 3’ (2010), has been tarnished in recent years by a number of slip-ups, and a dependence on sub-quality sequels, including ‘Cars 2’ (2011), ‘Brave’ (2012), ‘Monsters University’ (2013), and The Not So ‘Good Dinosaur’ (2015). Meanwhile, their noisy sibling Disney Animation Studios has created a chasm in quality between the two of them, flooring Pixar with ‘Tangled’ (2010), ‘Frozen’ (2013), ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014), ‘Moana’ (2016), and ‘Zootropolis’ (2016).
2016 may be remembered for a lot of things, but even with movie highlights that saw ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ greet the New Year and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ see it out, there have been plenty of massive titles such as ‘Deadpool’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
You’ve likely seen your fair share of end of the year film lists and rankings of the best and worst 2016 has had to offer, but here is something of an official take on the matter courtesy of YouGov. According to the polling site, they’ve figured out what Britain’s favourite film of the year was, and the results may surprise some of you. It’s not stated just how many people took part in the vote, but the top spot was in fact a draw betweeen the Ryan Reynolds-starring ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ – two very different films, admittedly.
The return of a heavy-breathing dark lord, first contact like we’ve never seen it before, a humanitarian scrapping with a CGI bear, a 20-storey Paul Rudd – it’s safe to say that in 2016, we’ve seen it all.
Disney is the undisputed king when it comes to hiding Easter eggs in its movies, and Disney Animation Studios’ latest release ‘Moana’ is no exception.
It was bound to be an internet darling based on the involvement of The Rock and Lin-Manuel Miranda, but thankfully the film is already inspiring some enterprising hero/geniuses. By combining The Rock’s legendary and iconic throwback fanny pack-and-turtleneck photo with his Moana character Maui, an image that appears to originally have been posted on Imgur has captured our hearts forever.
Dwayne Johnson is not short on charisma or confidence, which probably helped him get behind the mic for Disney’s animated epic ‘Moana’, in which he knocked out a surprisingly decent tune in ‘You’re Welcome’, a song that’s basically about being awesome (watch a snippet above). Adams wasn’t your typical stage-school educated actress wannabe, content with a career in acting/singing/dancing/whatever – in fact, she got her start performing dinner theatre shows and working in Hooters. Although she sang in her school choir, Adams didn’t have to test her lungs on screen until Princess Gisele felt musical in ‘Enchanted’, but she needn’t have worried – she more than did justice to Alan Menken’s music, particularly the none-chirpier ‘Happy Little Working Song’.
It’s a running joke throughout the none-more-meta superhero comedy that budget and contracts prevent Deadpool from interacting with his more A-list Marvel stablemates – Deadpool himself frequently references X-Men that Fox didn’t allow us to see. Yes, the same turbine-powered mobile aircraft carrier as used by the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Fox weren’t allowed to reference the carrier by name, and the design had to be tweaked a little, but ‘Deadpool’ visual artist Emmanuel Shiu confirmed the connection.
Disney’s latest animated adventure ‘Moana’ has scored a massive $81 million (£65 million) at the US box office over its opening weekend. It’s one of the biggest ever Thanksgiving holiday hauls, being released on 3,875 screens, knocking Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ off the top spot. Though some final figures are still to be tallied, it’s thought it will be the second biggest Disney movie opening ever. ‘Frozen’ retains the top spot with $93.6 million (£75 million), and the Polynesian adventure should slot in ahead of ‘Toy Story 2’, which opened to $80. ...
The box office success of “Moana” confirms Disney’s status atop the pecking order of major studios. It owes its apex predator status to the way it has deftly bolstered and built on the power of its suite of cinematic brands, as well as its ability to create stories featuring diverse protagonists that reflect the changing... Read more »
On opening day in the US, the Polynesian adventure has made a sturdy $15.6 million (£12.5 million). The film is also being hailed as a victory for Disney because it doesn’t feature a ‘Prince Charming’ character, something of a first for a so-called ‘Disney Princess’ movie. Members of the Polynesian community have been unhappy at the depiction of Maui in the movie, voiced by Dwanye Johnson.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for his phenomenal Broadway show ‘Hamilton’ and his unwavering optimism on Twitter. On a recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, host Simon Thompson described a discussion he had with Miranda. “He is a big fan of Marvel, and there is one particular character that he would actually like to play.
Disney Animation’s latest big screen adventure ‘Moana’ is set to hit screens worldwide very soon – but it won’t be appearing under that title everywhere. In Italy, the animated feature will be renamed ‘Oceania,’ as its original title has associations with somewhat less family friendly entertainment. After working in porn throughout the 1980s, she also moved into writing and even politics in the 1990s, co-founding the Love Party of Italy and running for mayor of Rome.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has not only won over the global box office, but our hearts too as he was crowned People’s sexiest man alive, 2016. The action star won the title as he beat off stiff competition from the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brad Pitt, and a host of famous names which caps off a pretty remarkable year for the WWE star turned Hollywood hero.
Some critics have claimed the depiction of mythical demigod Maui as obese promotes a negative stereotype.
Disney’s latest is getting rave reviews ahead of its anticipated release, with critics heaping praise on the “crowd-pleasing oceanic musical” ‘Moana’. 'Moana’ is about a young Polynesian woman of the same name (Auli'i Cravalho), who travels to a fabled island, aided by her idol, the legendary demi-God Maui (Dwayne 'The Rock’ Johnson).
Disney are going from strength to strength when it comes to their movie output but with two months of 2016 left they’ve already had their best ever year. While ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ isn’t part of the episodic instalments, the spin-off is still predicted to do very well. The question is, will it go toe-to-toe with last year’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?
It would seem this song is a good representation of Johnson’s character, a Polynesian demigod of legend with a somewhat inflated opinion of himself – and while we’re not about to confuse the wrestler-turned-movie star’s dulcet tones with those of Indina Menzel, he handles himself pretty well.