The Next 'Frozen'? Disney Announces 'Moana' for 2018

The Next 'Frozen'? Disney Announces 'Moana' for 2018

Dec 16, 2013


Pixar helped change the way we see animated movies, offering something for adults as well as children. Disney is following suit — especially with its new movie Frozen, which has a deeper subtext than the Mouse House's usual offerings and contains more social awareness. As our own Dave White put it, “these are princesses who buck traditional narrative outcomes…. It's a movie about fear and grief and the power of familial, sibling love to sort it all out.” 

Following Frozen’s success, Disney has announced a new project, Moana (Mo-AH-na). This one won’t arrive in theaters until 2018, but the John Musker and Ron Clement-directed (AladdinThe Princess and the Frog) film stands a good chance at being the company’s next Frozen, with a unique style and feminist slant. “The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea-voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators,” the description tells us. “When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey.

"The film will also include demigods and spirits taken from real mythology.” So far, we know that the movie is being developed in the style of John Kahrs’s 2012 short Paperman. The unusual 2D-meets-3D style helped Paperman grab an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. The design concept is still in development, so it’s possible this could change — but we hope the animators will stick with it. The preview image we saw on Geek Tyrant resembles something from the jungles of Henri Rousseau’s painting The Dream or one of Matisse’s paper cut outs. Very nice. 


We have a lot to look forward to from Disney until then — projects that seem to share a similar atypical style for the company. Big Hero 6 is slated for a November 2014 release and follows six superheroes recruited by the government to save the world. In 2016 we’ll see a slightly darker story from Bryon Howard and his conspiracy-heavy tale Zootopia — about a fox and rabbit on the run. And just as Frozen had ties to The Snow Queen and Tangled shared similarities to Rapunzel, Disney’s Giants (2016) will have a very Jack and the Beanstalk-esque vibe. Do you like the direction Disney seems to be heading in? [via GeekTyrant]

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