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The Sea Beast: Cast & Director Talk Netflix’s Animated Film (EXCLUSIVE)

The Sea Beast: Cast & Director Talk Netflix’s Animated Film

The Sea Beast on Netflix on July 8th, promises to be the perfect classic adventure animated movie to add to your watch list this summer. This Netflix original was written, produced, and directed by Academy Award Winner Chris Williams, one of the masterminds behind some of the most beloved animated movies of these last few decades: Moana, The Emperor’s New Groove, Mulan, and Big Hero 6. 

The Sea Beast Interviews

The Sea Beast

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During our interview with him, Chris Williams said that with The Sea Beast, he was hoping to bring back the kind of classic adventure story that he grew up watching and loved, drawing his inspiration from movies such as Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas or Raiders of the Lost Ark. His goal was to bring this feeling to a new generation.

The Sea Beast is the story of the great Jacob Holland (Karl Urban), a sea monster hunter, whose life completely changes overnight when a feisty young girl, Maisie (Zaris-Angel Hator), is secretly aboard his ship. Together, they are going to live the most epic, perilous, and unexpected journey across the seas and find a new meaning to the word “family”. Karl Urban declared the following:

“I was pretty blown away by the visuals (…) and I certainly fell in love with the whole world that they’re in, and the idea of sailing the seas and living in those exotic locations. It’s a lot of fun.”

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The Sea Beast is full of treasures and surprises, but Jacob and Maisie’s relationship is probably one of the biggest strengths of the movie. Zaris-Angel Hator, Disney lover and ultimate Moana fan, found her dream role as she was accompanied by Williams, co-director of Moana. The young actress told us how much she loved Maisie’s humor and personality:

“There’s so much to love about being Maisie. I love the different emotions she has (…) and I especially love her sassiness (…). It’s almost like I know her, I definitely felt close to her.”

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As an adventure movie, the soundtrack had to carry as many emotions and epicness as the story itself. Williams said the following:

“I knew Mark Mancina, the composer, from working on Moana, and he was very excited about working on this movie. We wanted it to feel, on some level, like a classic adventure story, to feel like it would evoke some of those great movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Lawrence of Arabia (…) but we also wanted to feel fresh and new at the same time”.

The Sea Beast is a deep breath of fresh air, with the perfect dose of adventure, humor, and heart and it will be available to stream on July 8th on Netflix! 

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Written by Maëlle Beauget-Uhl

Reporter and news writer with an educational background in broadcast journalism at the New York Film Academy and a professional background in entertainment reporting and news writing.