Disney’s Oscar-contending seafaring tale Moana will be sailing home in the next couple months, arriving on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on February 21, followed by a Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On-Demand release on March 7.
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) and co-directed by Chris Williams & Don Hall (Big Hero 6), the film follows a determined teen named Moana (voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) who teams up with the egoistic demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) on an epic quest to become an open-ocean navigator and discover her own identity. The voice cast also features Temuera Morrison, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement and Alan Tudyk.
Read more about Moana in Tom McLean’s feature story for Animation Magazine’s January 2017 issue.
The DVD release includes the short Inner Workings, music video for “How Far I’ll Go” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and audio commentary. BD 3D, BD & Digital special features include:
Inner Workings – Theatrical short film by Leo Matsuda, with introduction by the filmmakers.
Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
Voice of the Islands – How Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers.
Things You Didn’t Know About… – Q&A with Dwayne Johnson, Auli‘i Cravalho, and directors Ron and John; and musical team Q&A with Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Island Fashion – With costume designer Neysa Bové.
They Know the Way: Making the Music of Moana – With musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Fishing for Easter Eggs
The Elements of …
– “Mini Maui” (animated by Eric Goldberg) – Explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
– “Water” – How the ocean as a character is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable waterscape.
– “Lava” – The challenges of making lava creature Te Kā, an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators.
– “Hair” – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand.
Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With intro by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce “Race the Wind/Ties that Bind;” “Discussing Moana’s Future;” “Under the Sea;” “Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui;” “Education of Moana;” “Father, Daughter, Boat;” and “Canoe Race.”
Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
“How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.