Moana co-director Ron Clements and producer Osnat Shurer talked to press members yesterday about the upcoming Blu-ray (March 7) and Digital HD (February 21) release of the film. The evocative and informative special feature “Voice of the Islands,” which detailed how the Polynesian culture served as the heart and soul of the film, was screened at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Another stand-out featurette that was shown to the media was an informative look at the collaboration among Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Since Moana was a monumental box office and critical hit, one would assume a sequel is immediately in the offing. Thankfully, Shurer said there is no rush to put another installment on the proverbial assembly line, as any proposed sequel will definitely originate from a more organic place.
“The way we work here in terms of sequels is our directors will go back into development after a rest,” said Shurer. “We’re all needing a little bit of a break. We’ll contemplate what kind of story they’d like to tell next. Often it’ll be a move to a different world and a different kind of story. Sometimes there’s this compelling ‘I’ve got to tell it continuation of the story within the same world, and then in that case if that gets approved we would develop one. It has to come from within - this kind of ‘We’ve got this great story we have to tell’ rather than ‘Hey that was successful, make another one.’ We’re lucky that way.”
The Moana special features also include deleted scenes, the Alessia Cara video “How Far I’ll Go,” the mini-movie Gone Fishing, and audio commentary from co-directors Clements and John Musker.