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.
Regardless of your political persuasion, 2016 was a year of tumult and uncertainty. At least the movies gave us an occasional break from the headlines. Feel-good animated films triumphed at the box office this year, with Finding Dory at No. 1, while superheroes found a darker groove (the hard-R comedy Deadpool, the villain-driven Suicide Squad) and familiar franchises — Harry Potter, Star Wars — put down new roots. Before we toast the arrival of 2017, here’s a list of the biggest box-office winners and losers of 2016.
There are a lot of wonderful things in Disney’s new animated film Moana: The lively animation, the loving depiction of Pacific Islands culture, the clever and catchy songs. For a Disney princess movie, this is revolutionary. True, the character of Moana is not technically a princess.
You may not recognize their names and your kids definitely don’t know. But chances are you have all enjoyed the movies of John Musker and Ron Clements. Most likely over and over again. Musker and Clements are arguably the most accomplished contemporary Disney Animation directors, having helmed the hit ‘toons The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), and The Princess and the Frog (2009).