Lin-Manuel Miranda Vivo

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t just write like he’s running out of time — he works at a pace that’d make Alexander Hamilton himself implore Miranda to take a break. With Disney’s Moana still in theaters, Sony has set a date for Vivo, its own animated film featuring songs by Miranda. Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) is directing, and Miranda’s In the Heights collaborator Quiara Alegría Hudes will write the script.  Read More »

Moana We Know the Way Clip

Chances are you’ve already seen Moana, and if you’ve already seen Moana, chances are you’ve got the songs stuck in your head. Maybe you’ve tried to get your fix by streaming the soundtrack on Spotify or downloading it on iTunes. But it’s just not the same without the bright, expressive visuals by Disney Animation, is it?

Happily, the Mouse House is sympathetic to our plight. The studio previously shared a clip showcasing Dwayne Johnson‘s big musical number “You’re Welcome,” and today they’ve unveiled another clip featuring “We Know the Way.” (Yes, Hamilton fans, that’s the one where you can hear Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s vocals.) Watch the Moana “We Know the Way” clip below. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Kingkiller Chronicle

Lin-Manuel Miranda sure does write like he’s running out of time. The Hamilton superstar has added yet another project to his to-do list, and in a break with his recent streak, it’s got nothing to do with Disney. Miranda will produce and write music for The Kingkiller Chronicle, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss‘ fantasy trilogy. In addition, he could be involved in a stage adaptation somewhere down the line.  Read More »

Moana Clip - You're Welcome

If you didn’t catch Moana over the holiday weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies Walt Disney Animation has ever made. It’s an outstanding adventure full of gorgeous animation, a powerful story about identity with a strong female character at its center who doesn’t need romance to have a complete story.

But one of the best elements of Moana is the soundtrack of original songs crafted by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer Mark Mancina and South Pacific fusion musician Opetaia Foa’i. And if you need any more convincing to see Moana, or you just want to watch one of the most fun musical numbers from the movie again and again, we have good news. The entire musical sequence where Dwayne Johnson‘s demigod character Maui sings the song “You’re Welcome,” has been made available to watch online.

Watch the Moana clip after the jump. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Drunk History

You might remember that over the summer Comedy Central announced that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda had been recruited for the fourth season of their Emmy-winning series Drunk History. Just as everyone assumed or hoped, Miranda is telling the story of Alexander Hamilton and his rivalry with Aaron Burr. But this time, they’re being played by Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza and Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat.

Watch the Lin-Manuel Miranda Drunk History clip after the jump. Read More »

john-musker and ron clements interview

Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes.

Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about five years ago. Set on an island in Polynesia, the story follows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) as she leaves her island, travels the Pacific Ocean, and goes on a spiritual journey with the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). They encounter all kinds of monsters, danger, and beauty on their adventure.

We recently discussed Moana‘s scope, the realm of monsters, how the story changed, Jemaine Clement, and more with the directors behind Disney’s latest animated picture, which features original tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

Below, read our John Musker and Ron Clements interview.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Marvel Carnage

It sometimes feels like every working actor in existence has been in a superhero movie already, but technically that’s not true. There are plenty of actors who’ve only thought about being in superhero movies. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda, the certified genius behind Hamilton. While he hasn’t signed on for any Marvel or DC projects just yet, he’s apparently given some thought to which character he’d like to play, if given the chance. And surprisingly, it’s a villainous one: the Spider-Man baddie CarnageRead More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Disney movie

Lin-Manuel Miranda has kept himself busy since leaving the Hamilton stage this summer, in a large part by teaming up with Disney. He’s composed music for this month’s Moana, will co-star in Mary Poppins Returns, and even signed up to help out with the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. And the relationship won’t stop there. Miranda has revealed he’s working with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard on a new animated film.  Read More »

moana interview

Over the Summer, I got the great opportunity to talk with filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker about their upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana. Ron & Jon are animation legends, having worked on many great Disney animated movies over the years, including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.

Over the course of our discussion, Ron and Jon talk about how the project developed with Maui originally set to be the main character of the story, how Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi brought to the script, developing the musical elements, Lin-Manuel Miranda writing songs for The Rock to sing, how Mad Max: Fury Road helped inspired an action sequence featuring the Kakamora in the film. Hit the jump to read the full Moana interview.
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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 »