The Art of Moana is the latest title in our exceptional series showcasing artwork from the creation of Walt Disney Animations' latest releases. Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world ventured across the Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped—and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana is a CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui and together they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. The stunning artwork in this behind-the-scenes book includes character designs, storyboards, colorscripts, and much more.
Maggie Malone is head of creative affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jessica Julius is senior creative executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She is the author of The Art of Zootopia, as well as several children's books. She lives in Los Angeles.
John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award®–winning director, chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and principal creative officer at Walt Disney Imagineering.
John Musker, director of Moana, began at Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1977 and collaborated with Ron Clements on several award-winning, acclaimed features, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog.
Ron Clements, director of Moana, started his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an apprentice for Disney legend Frank Thomas and went on to work on classics The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog.
"This movie is simply beautiful and the book is a perfect companion to the film." -MediaMikes
"Adults will enjoy 'The Art of Moana,' a coffee-table book filled with sketches and artwork, along with tips about the characters, the making of the film, and the history...The book is colorful as well as informative. It's definitely something fans of animation and especially fans of this film will want to have. This is filled with amazing pictures to embrace the beauty of the location and the cuteness of all the characters." --Daily Herald
"This book from Jessica Julius and Maggie Malone...takes you behind the scenes of the film's production by focusing on the lavish visual creativity of the production." -The Den of Geek
"The Art of Moana offers an incredible breakdown on the creative process for the major characters and locations viewers have fallen in love with. Readers will enjoy character sketches showing the evolution of Moana herself, as well as variations on her necklace - which is key to the story... No matter which character or location is your fave, you'll find an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at its development in this book." -Fangirlish
"If you enjoyed the film and you want to dig into some of the culture behind it and what went into creating the movie, this book is a great way to do that." -GeekDad