Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Disney's 'Moana' to be first film ever to be translated into the Tahitian language

Disney movies have been translated into various languages ever since "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released in 1937.

Over the years the number of languages movies have been translated into has increased as the film industry has become more global. In 1994, "The Lion King" was translated into about 15 languages. The blockbuster "Frozen" was translated into 41 languages, including Bengali, Malay and Vietnamese.

Now, for the first time a Disney movie, "Moana" is going to be translated into the Tahitian language.

“When we first visited Tahiti five years ago as part of one of our research trips to the Pacific Islands,” Moana producer Osnat Shurer said in a news release, “we met the incredible Hinano Murphy. As founder and director of the Te Pu Atiti‘a Foundation, she and her husband, Frank Murphy (an expert botanist with UC Berkley, Gump Station), provided the filmmaking team with invaluable guidance on many of the cultural and biocultural elements of our film.

“Within that first trip, Hinano made a request of us – to pursue a Tahitian language translation of the film,” Shurer continued. “And we are so very excited that we, and the talented Disney Character Voices International team, are going to create this, and create this with Hinano.”

“Native languages, like Tahitian, are being lost," Hinano Murphy said. "It is important to find new ways to excite the communities, elders, young adults and children here [in Tahiti] about our language."

Moana will be released for French-speaking audiences in Tahiti on Nov. 30, 2016. The movie is titled "Vaiana: La Legende du Bout du Monde" for French-speaking audiences. No date has been released for the Tahitian language version.

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