Earlier today, Disney D23 made announcements on behalf of Walt Disney Animation Studios for their panels and presentations at the upcoming D23 Expo. Included with the release were several images for upcoming projects, including one for Moana (November 23, 2016). What we unfortunately didn’t realize at first was that the accompanying artwork — while similar to the original concept art released for the film — has been updated with much finer detail with the lead characters, who have been repositioned on the boat. In addition, the artwork displayed on the sails has also been updated. An image showing comparisons between the two is included below.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has provided us with an updated official synopsis for their upcoming film Moana (November 23, 2016), starring the vocal (and singing) talents of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The new synopsis is as follows:
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped — and no one today knows why.
Confirming recent reports that he was in talks to voice a starring role in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana (2016), former WWE superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson took to Twitter to announce that he will be assuming the role of Maui.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. A born navigator, Moana sets sail from the ancient South Pacific islands of Oceania in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, Moana arrives in theaters in late 2016.
Burbank, CA (April 9, 2009) – ABC Family has acquired a slate of theatricals including several network television premieres as part of an agreement with Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The network will air the network television premieres of the Walt Disney Pictures 3-D films “G-Force,” from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, in theaters this summer, and “A Christmas Carol,” starring Jim Carrey, to be released in theaters this November. The package also includes the network television premiere of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and second position windows for the studio’s two recent films, “Race to Witch Mountain” and “Bedtime Stories.”
“Beverly Hills Chihuahua” is tentatively scheduled to make its network television premiere on ABC Family in 2010, “G-Force” in 2011 and “A Christmas Carol” in 2012. “Bedtime Stories” and “Race to Witch Mountain” will both tentatively mark their runs on the network in 2012.
Here’s a look at some DVDs set to hit the shelves Tuesday, March 31.
Event Hails Opening Weekend of “Race to Witch Mountain”
As Disney Launches Exciting “Opening Weekend Surprise” Program
BURBANK, Calif. (March 16) – Dwayne Johnson, star of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Race to Witch Mountain,” this weekends No. 1 film at the box office, surprised audiences at a San Diego movie theater when he made a personal appearance on the first day of the film’s release, Friday, March 13. In addition to greeting the moviegoers at the AMC Mission Valley theater, Johnson gave every member of the audience two free passes to Disneyland! Appearing with Johnson were the film’s director, Andy Fickman, and producer, Andrew Gunn.
Beginning at 9:30 PM EST (6:30 PM PST) Wednesday evening, KABC-TV in LA will be streaming live from the world premiere of Race to Witch Mountain at the El Capitan Theatre.
To access the event, click here. WARNING! Do NOT go the website ahead of time unless you want to either be horribly annoyed or annoy former loved ones.
Can you smellllllllllll what the Disney publicity machine is cookin’? The actor formerly known as The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, is working overtime to promote the release of Race to Witch Mountain this Friday. After hosting FOX’s Animation Domination last week, Johnson did double duty this weekend, hosting both Saturday Night Live as well as a Disney marathon of films on Starz Sunday night. And he has not yet begun to promote.