Disney to produce ‘Moana’, ‘Zootopia’ series in new Vancouver studio


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Disney to produce ‘Moana’, ‘Zootopia’ series in new Vancouver studio

SERIES. Disney is producing a musical TV adaptation of 2016 princess film 'Moana.'

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Disney's upcoming slate of long-form series also includes 'Baymax!' and 'Tiana'

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) is set to produce long-form series of popular Disney films like Moana, Zootopia, and more at their new studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to Variety report.

WDAS President Clark Spencer made the announcement on Wednesday, August 4, saying the new Vancouver facility that will focus on special projects that will air exclusively on Disney+. One of projects that the studio will start working on is a musical series that will revisit the 2016 Disney film Moana.

Some of the upcoming titles slated for production are Baymax!, Zootopia+, and Tiana. Baymax! centers on the lovable robot from Big Hero 6, Zootopia+ follows the various animals from Zootopia, and Tiana will focus on Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.

Amir Nasrabadi, a veteran in the field of animation, will serve as the head of the Vancouver studio. 

Meanwhile, the current Walt Disney Studio in Burbank, Los Angeles, is expanding its over 900 employees and will remain as the entertainment giant’s exclusive hub for feature film projects and shorter form series. 

WDAS is also set to work on an original sci-fi series titled Iwájú, which explores “deep themes of class, innocence and challenging the status quo.” – with reports from John Patrick Magno Ranara/Rappler.com

John Patrick Magno Ranara is a Rappler intern.

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