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Disney's Moana's directors John Musker and Ron Clements: a partnership for the record books.




Disney's Ron Clements and John Musker talk during Off-Ramp's 10th Anniversary special at the Los Angeles Theater Center in Downtown LA
Disney's Ron Clements and John Musker talk during Off-Ramp's 10th Anniversary special at the Los Angeles Theater Center in Downtown LA
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John Musker and Ron Clements are a part of your life — a part of your world — even if you don’t know their names.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the creative team that brought you The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, and now, Disney’s new animated feature, Moana - Ron Clements and John Musker!

Here's the trailer from their latest picture - the Polynesian epic "Moana:"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKFuXETZUsI

What inspired Musker and Clements to make Moana?

 “I was intrigued by the Pacific Islands. I read novels that were set there, I saw paintings by Paul Gaugin, I thought it was a great arena to set a movie,” said Musker. “And then that actually lead me to reading Polynesian mythology, which I had never read. I discovered what a rich vein of storytelling it was. And particularly, there’s this character, Maui, who the island is named after. He’s a demigod, a bigger than life trickster, shapeshifter, has a magical fish hook that he pulls up islands, tattoos.”

Meantime, Disney has just announced it's giving Clements and Musker their own retrospective at El Capitan Theatre.  They're calling it the Countdown to Moana, and it starts Oct. 6 with “The Little Mermaid,” continuing with “The Princess and the Frog,” “Treasure Planet,” “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Hercules,” and “Aladdin.” For each film, there's a special presentation, incluing Ron and John talking about the movie.