Disney Provides Update on Tiana and Moana Series
Back in 2020, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee announced that Disney was working on bringing two exciting titles to the streaming service. Lee shared that we would see “Moana” and “Tiana” on the steaming service in the future. Over the past three years, Disney has been silent of the development of these projects until earlier this week.
Lee sat down with Ecartelera to discuss Disney’s ‘Wish: The Power of Wishes’, and share what is on the horizon for the studio. When asked if Disney has considered going back to classic films from the Golden Age or Renaissance, Lee responded, “I love that Disney+ allows us to introduce experimentation and freshness while also exploring our legacy.”
Lee added, “Combining celebration and narrative innovation. In that sense we can play more with the Disney+ series. We’re doing the ‘ Moana ‘ series and it’s been a lot of fun, I love it. ‘Tiana’ is a new world for her, a new direction and a new voice. I think it’s a very good platform to start playing with things that have meant a lot to many of us.”
Throughout the interview Lee discussed new technology and animation styles at work in Hollywood. How will Disney use that technology on classics like “Princess and the Frog” and “Moana”? Lee stated, “For me, it is also recognizing that there is no turning back, only moving forward stronger and stronger.”
“How technology has allowed us to maintain the importance of traditional animation through the artists is what excites me the most. There is a balance between the sequels and the original content. There are more ‘Frozen’ and more ‘ Zootropolis ‘ on the way because they invite their stories to grow, the filmmakers want to expand them.”
As of now, we know very little about these projects save for Anika Noni Rose and Auli’i Cravalho returning to reprise their roles as Tiana and Moana respectively. Despite the actors strike halting any voiceover work on these projects, the animation department can continue to move forward as animation has been unaffected somewhat by the SAG/AFTRA work stoppages.
Are you excited to see more from “Moana” and “Tiana”? We’d love to hear your thoughts on these project in a comment.
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