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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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.

You can listen to the full Moana song after the jump. Read More »