MOANA Concept Art Reveals Stages Of Disney Design (IMAGES)

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MoanaDisney’s original folk tale of an adventurous young Hawaiian woman who sets out on an epic journey, has reunited two of the studio’s legendary directors for their first 3D animated effort.

Ron Clements & John Musker, the co-directors of such classics as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, bring their tried-and-true 2D sensibilities into the 3D animated form. To capture the look and history of the Pacific island culture, the Disney duo assembled an “Oceanic Story Trust” that comprised experts of the region’s history, anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and more.  In partnership with Clements & Musker’s animation team, they developed the look for Moana‘s vibrantly epic scope.

Recently released concept art gives us a glimpse into their process, with images that show early stages of character design, costume options, landscape sketches, storyboards, and more – along with a few new final images, and a brand new poster.

Moana – with music co-written by Hamilton Broadway sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda – surfs into theaters this Thanksgiving, November 23, 2016.

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