David Derrick Jr. to direct Disney’s ‘Moana’ series


Walt Disney Animation Studios has just announced that David G. Derrick Jr. (Moana, strange world) has been named director of the upcoming long-running musical series Moana, created by Disney Animation for Disney+. He joins the Oscar nominee Moana producer Osnat Shurer on the new series.

Derrick, a respected screenwriter, first joined Disney Animation to work on Moana, and in the process reconnected with his family’s Samoan roots. He helped storyboard some of the film’s most iconic moments.

“Work on Moana was a gift, personally and professionally,” Derrick explained. “The film Moana captured and shared the spirit of Polynesia with the world. I am honored to continue her story and celebrate the rich and beautiful cultures of the Pacific Islands. »

“Dave’s strong story instincts, visionary cinematic style, deep love and commitment to Moana and the Pacific Island cultures that inspired her world, make him a perfect director for the series,” Shurer noted. .

While Derrick and his story team are in development, the recently announced new Walt Disney Animation Studios in Vancouver, which will be the production house for the series, are increasing their staff, as the studio nears its official opening. in 2022.

“We were thrilled with the positive response from the community,” commented Amir Nasrabadi, director of Walt Disney Animation Studios in Vancouver. “Over the next few months, we will continue to post positions for our studio, and with the talent we have here, and the fact that our teams’ first project together will be the Moana series, I can’t think of a better way to launch the studio.

Shurer added, “Learning to explore the history of Moana is truly exciting for us, especially in this extremely cinematic, musical and long-running series of events, and we look forward to meeting all of the amazing artists who join Disney Animation Vancouver to help us bring At Vaiana’s next magnificent journey towards life!”

Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is associate editor at Animation World Network.

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