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‘Moana’ Co-Director Don Hall Inks Deal With Skydance Animation

June 4, 2024

Hall won an Academy Award for ‘Big Hero 6’ and also directed ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ and ‘Strange World.’

Skydance Animation is getting into business with Oscar-winning filmmaker Don Hall.

Hall, known for such Disney movies as Big Hero 6 and the original Moana, has closed a deal with the company. The pact will see him create, develop and produce an original animated feature for Skydance, although project details are not currently available.

The filmmaker launched his career with Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he worked on such features as Tarzan (1999), The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) and Chicken Little (2005)/ Later, he was credited as head of story on Meet the Robinsons (2007) and The Princess and the Frog (2009) before directing the animated musical movie Winnie the Pooh (2011).

Skydance Animation is getting into business with Oscar-winning filmmaker Don Hall.

Hall, known for such Disney movies as Big Hero 6 and the original Moana, has closed a deal with the company. The pact will see him create, develop and produce an original animated feature for Skydance, although project details are not currently available.

The filmmaker launched his career with Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he worked on such features as Tarzan (1999), The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) and Chicken Little (2005)/ Later, he was credited as head of story on Meet the Robinsons (2007) and The Princess and the Frog (2009) before directing the animated musical movie Winnie the Pooh (2011).

During his Disney tenure, Hall also contributed to such hits as FrozenZootopiaTangled, and Wreck-It Ralph as part of the studio’s “story trust” and creative leadership team. Additionally, he directed Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) and Strange World (2022).

Skydance Animation’s projects include Apple TV+’s 2022 feature Luck and such forthcoming Netflix films as director Vicky Jenson’s Spellbound, Nathan Greno’s Pookoo, Brad Bird’s Ray Gunn and an untitled Jack and the Beanstalk movie from Rich Moore. The studio’s television projects include WondLa, launching later this month on Apple TV+.

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