Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Moana
90 min. approx.
St. Louis native Marlon West, a head of effects at Walt Disney Animation Studios, provides a behind-the-scenes peek at Disney’s upcoming animated feature “Moana,” which appears in theaters nationwide on Nov. 23. Offering a revealing look at the filmmaking process at Disney Animation — with a focus on how his team created the most effects-heavy film in the history of the studio — West discusses his career and previews the much-anticipated “Moana,” a sweeping CG-animated epic about an adventurous Pacific Island teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. A U. City High grad, West receives SLIFF’s Cinema St. Louis Award for his achievements in animation. Beginning his Disney career as an effects animator on “The Lion King,” West has worked on more than a dozen animated features since, including “Mulan” and “Frozen.”