oscars winners and losers

Predicting the Oscars is like predicting the weather. You can look at the charts and determine the general course of the storm, but it’s impossible to tell if the wind is going to knock a tree through your living room window. Last night’s ceremony was peak Oscars. Everything went exactly how it was supposed to go before finding time to also uproot the oak in your front yard and cave-in one of walls with it.

So let’s talk about the winners and losers of this year’s Academy Awards. Not the actual winners, the people who went home with potentially life-changing statuettes, but the people who walked away from that ceremony looking like a million bucks and those who…didn’t. And while we’re talking about winners, we have also have the results from our /Film Oscar prediction contest!

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Moana Deleted Scene

In Disney’s hit animated adventure Moana, our title character sets out to sea with little to no experience sailing. Eventually, she learns some tips and tricks thanks to the help of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). But in an earlier draft of Moana, the character was actually a little more proficient at sailing, even outdoing her six brothers.

That’s right, in an earlier edition of Moana, our hero actually had six older brothers. When Moana hits home video very soon, there will be a deleted scene featuring the siblings together in a little sailing race just off the coast of their island. It shows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) had no trouble keeping up with (and even surpassing) her brothers on the sea, despite the fact that they were older. That scene has made its away online, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »

Moana Review

With several decades of animated movies in its history, it’s a wonder that Walt Disney Animation can still churn out movies that feel as refreshing and satisfying as their latest computer animated delight, Moana. By meshing their traditional magic and narrative tropes with a stunning change of scenery and rich, exotic culture that has never been featured so prominently or respectfully in family film, Disney has crafted a dazzling adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

Read our full Moana review after the jump. Read More »

Moana clips

Disney Animation’s Moana has shown us quite a bit of Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and Moana herself (Auli’i Cravalho) at this point, but the latest marketing materials shine a light on two of the supporting players. One is Gramma Tala (Rachel House), one of the few in the village who encourages Moana’s dreams of exploration. The other is Tamatoa (Jemaine Clement), a gigantic crab who loves shiny things. Think Smaug, but, you know, as a goofy crab instead of a terrifying dragon. Watch two Moana clips below.  Read More »

Moana

We’re under a month away from getting a new Disney adventure in the form of Moana, complete with a bunch of new original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. We’re already heard one of the songs from the upcoming soundtrack featuring Dwayne Johnson singing “You’re Welcome,” and now we have one more song from the movie.

It’s a tradition with Disney soundtracks that a famous singer records a cover of one of the signature songs from an animated movie, mostly for radio play. This time it’s Canadian chart-topping singer Alessia Cara who has recorded a version of the song “How Far I’ll Go,” which will be sung by young Moana star Auli’i Cravalho in the movie.

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Moana footage recap

2016’s been pretty rough in a lot of ways, but one good thing about this year is that we’re getting not one, but two Disney animated features. Zootopia, released in March, continued the studio’s reputation for excellence, and next month Moana will try its best to carry on that torch.

You’ve surely seen trailers for Moana already, featuring newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the Polynesian princess and Dwayne Johnson as Maui, the demigod who accompanies her on her quest to save her people. At the Festival People en Español this past weekend in New York, Disney showcased a whole lot more, sharing five gorgeously animated clips to give attendees a better sense of the excitement in store.  Read More »

‘Moana’ Clip: Dwayne Johnson Is a Hero to All

Moana clip (Maui)

Disney’s Moana is inspired by many things, like the rich mythology of ancient Oceania and the irresistible charisma of Dwayne Johnson. The first Moana clip leans on both, as Maui (Johnson) meets Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) for the first time and teaches her how to make a proper introduction. Turns out the guy is very particular about his titles. Watch the first Moana clip below.

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Moana Trailer

Disney’s next new animated adventure is preparing to set sail, and to help us all get ready for the journey they’ve released a brand-new full-length trailer. Moana stars Auli’i Cravalho as a young Polynesian princess who sets out on a daring voyage to save her people. Also along for the ride are her rooster Heihei (Alan Tudyk) and the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). Watch the Moana trailer below.  Read More »

Moana international trailer

Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced the full list of voice talent for Ron Clements and John Musker‘s upcoming film Moana. They have also released information about the story’s new characters along with character posters giving us a first look at some of these new faces. Check it out now, after the jump.

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moana love interest

The original Disney princess characters were crafted in a traditional fairy tale mold. They were damsels in distress, beautiful young women who are terrorized by villains for 90 minutes before getting rescued by a bland but resourceful hero. That has started to slowly change over the years, but even tougher-than-usual Disney heroines like Jasmine still needed an Aladdin to rescue them from certain doom.

If recent Disney animated movies have started to bend the princess mold, it certainly sounds like Moana is going to try to shatter it. Directors John Musker and Ron Clements, who previously helmed The Little Mermaid and The Princess and Frog, have revealed that that the titular princess in their movie won’t have a love interest at all.

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