Is This Disney’s Next New Princess or Not?
Hot off the success of "Frozen," Disney unveiled its newest princess — or did it? Despite reports that the Mouse House is working on "Moana," with the title character appearing to be a royal Polynesian female "sea voyaging enthusiast," there has been no official confirmation. Here's what we know.
A brief description, release year (2018) and concept art appear on Disney's official Wikia, but Bleeding Cool, a site that first broke the story in October, noted that the studio asked for the exact same image to be removed from the site's story about the film. As of now, it's unclear why the request was made, and Disney has not responded to queries about the project and character.
This is all a little strange, especially considering the fact that this movie is supposedly being helmed by industry vets John Musker and Ron Celemnts, who were responsible for smash hits like "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin." In August, Disney announced its slate of animated films through 2015 — which includes such titles as "Big Hero 6," "Planes: Fire and Rescue," "Zootopia," two Disney Fairies films, and the Pixar joints "Finding Nemo 2," "Toy Story 4," and "The Good Dinosaur" — but there's no sign of "Moana."
Based on what we think we know about this potential princess, however, we hope the film moves forward.
The Official 'Moana' Logo (Photo: Disney)
The first (alleged) artwork, which Huffington Post states is now being credited to independent artist Sue Nichols, rather than Walt Disney Animation, is reportedly being created using a new, painterly style of CG. It shows our heroine lazing beneath the night sky in some type of hyper-colored lagoon dotted with tikis and lush palm trees. You gotta love a girl who go swimming after dark.