Walt Disney Reveals Moana for 2016, South Pacific Oceania Myth

Not that we needed an excuse to go to Hawaii, but now we have a great one, Moana. Walt Disney Animation Studios released plans for the all new CG-animated comedy-adventure, “Moana”. Moana is about a free-spirited youth with a mission to fulfill her ancestors quest. The film brings pack partners Ron Clements and John Musker of “The Little Mermaid”, “The Princess Frog”, and “Aladdin”).

Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career.” -Clements

Moana and Oceania Mythology

“Moana” dives into the mythology of Oceania in the ancient South Pacific and sets the adventurous teen on a mission to find a fabled island. Her mythology-packed adventure brings her to team up with demi-god, Maui on an ocean voyage where they meet mythological sea creatures, mythical underworlds and ancient folklore.

This is pretty exciting for the Fairytale Traveler. There are loads of Oceania Mythology to explore, and you can bet we’ll be going on a few voyages of our own to explore these fantastic stories. Moana takes us to the South Pacific to places like Hawaii, Cook Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Ellice Islands (now Tuvalu), Tokelau, Tonga, Tahiti (Otaheite), and Samoa. Fuji is also included in this area, because a large proportion of its population is of Polynesian descent. The Hawaiian islands are at the apex of the Polynesian triangle with New Zealand and Easter Island at the base corners.

Check back as we research the fantastic stories and prep for some amazing journeys to explore this intriguing mythology.

Moana is scheduled to hit theaters in 2016.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

6 Comments on this post

  1. Damn! Seems so long to wait. I have never heard about Oceania Mythology before so I’ll be waiting, patiently.

    SJ / Reply
  2. This sounds awesome! I love the animation, no doubt it will be a beautiful film. Can’t wait!

  3. I have to say this film does sound magical – I love that she is so free spirited and cannot wait to see this – thanks so much for sharing

    Laura x

    Laura / Reply
  4. Think I am going to need to look further into the mythology of Oceania before heading out on my travels at the start of 2015 to see what I can uncover along the way.

    Tam Gamble / Reply
  5. […] and the Frog, and Aladdin). Filmmakers of Moana are working with South Pacific experts to bring to light the mythological details of the cultural story which dates back two thousand years and follows a young Hawaiian […]

  6. […] at D23 Expo. The newest installment to the family of Disney Princesses, Moana brings us to the ancient world of Oceana Mythology. Very excited to see this film and happy that Disney is bringing Hawaiian tales our way. This is […]

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