Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Highlights from D23 Expo 2017

  The D23 Expo 2017 is in the books, and there is plenty of Disney goodness to talk about. The D23 Expo is known as the Ultimate Disney Fan Event and is an amazing experience for any Disney fan. The Animation presentation is always my favorite. I will never forget my first D23 Expo in 2013 when I had the amazing experience of hearing Idina Menzel sing for the very first time “Let it Go” from “Frozen.” I cried happy Disney tears {Read More}

Feeling the Music of Moana with Opetaia Foa’i and Te Vaka – #MoanaEvent

Opetaia Foa‘i is the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, is a winner of numerous world music awards, including the Senior Pacific Artist award for his contribuon to Pacific music. I participated in the Moana Press Event in Santa Monica and enjoyed listening to him talk about his involvement with the music in Moana. Opetaia enjoyed working with the musical team of Lin-Manual Miranda and Mark Mancina on the music for Moana.  He said that Lin is very good with lyrics and directing and Mark {Read More}

Golden Globe Nominations for Moana

Golden Globes have been announced and Moana received 2 nominations. Best Animated Feature “In our 40-year careers, no film has been such a labor of love or more satisfying than ‘Moana,’ about a young girl who saves the world. We’re so deeply honored that the hard work of the artists and cast is recognized by the HFPA.” -‘Moana’ Directors Ron Clements & John Musker, Producer Osnat Shurer  Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go” “Gracias. Merci. Grazie. Danke sehr. {Read More}

Interview with Moana Directors & Golden Globe Nominees John Musker and Ron Clements #MoanaEvent

I was excited for the full lineup of interviews with the cast and filmmakers of Disney’s 56th Animated feature film Moana including legendary directors Ron Clements and John Musker. Their career at Walt Disney Animation spans 40 years and they have been at the helm of Disney’s most beloved movies including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog and now Moana. New Technology The world of making an animated movies has changed since Ron and John first {Read More}

Interview with Nicole Scherzinger

I was excited for the full lineup of interviews with the cast and filmmakers of Disney’s 56th Animated feature film Moana including Nicole Scherzinger who is the voice of “Sina,” Moana’s mother. Nicole feels like Moana is not a love story, but a story of discovery about who you really are. She felt like she HAD to be part of Moana because she is from Hawaii and feels like she has lived through Moana’s self discovery storyline first hand. Musical theater is her favorite {Read More}

Interview with Rising Star Auli’i Cravalho – #MoanaEvent

I was excited for the full lineup of interviews with the cast and filmmakers of Disney’s 56th Animated feature film Moana including newcomer and rising star Auli’i Cravalho. She was our first interview of the day and she was a ray of sunshine as she entered the room. Landing the Role of Moana Auli’i was 14 years old when she auditioned for the role of Moana. It was her first time auditioning in front of people besides her mom. She received a {Read More}

Interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Disney Nerd and Musical Genius – #MoanaEvent

The sun continued to shine in Santa Monica as we started our interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda. I didn’t care about the weather, I was in the ROOM where it was about to happen. The Tweet. Read on to find out more. Working with Disney The interview started with a great question about what it was like to be part of the Disney family now. Lin-Manuel’s response was perfect – “It’s pretty dope.” He was informed that he go the job working {Read More}

Interview with a Demigod and the “Sexiest Man Alive” Dwayne Johnson- #MoanaEvent

I awoke to a beautiful day in Los Angeles and was excited for the full lineup of interviews with the cast and filmmakers of Disney’s 56th Animated feature film Moana including Dwayne Johnson. We traveled to Santa Monica to a beautiful hotel by the beach and the Santa Monica Pier. It was the perfect setting for the Moana interviews. Dwayne Johnson entered the room full of 25 bloggers and was excited to start the interview with us. Had the distinct honor to sit and {Read More}

Go on an Adventure with Moana – #MoanaEvent

When my six-year daughter saw the first trailer for “Moana” she said “Moana means business, I like her.” Abby was right! Moana is a headstrong young woman who means business. When someone asks me if I liked the movie I start to tear up when talking about it. This movie moved me so much and the deluxe soundtrack is a great because I am able to listen to Lin-Manuel’s lyrics again and it makes Moana’s story even more beautiful. This {Read More}

Moana Press Trip Details – #MoanaEvent

I’m headed to Los Angeles November 12-15th for the Moana Event with 24 other amazing bloggers! I will be covering this press event on behalf of 5 Minutes for Mom. If you have any questions that you’d like me to ask the talent on this trip, just let me know. You can Tweet me, Facebook Message or send me an email to dawn.cullo@gmail.com and I will try an ask your question during the press events. Be sure to follow along {Read More}