The next Disney Princess is ready to set sail in Walt Disney’s next animated motion picture. Moana is ready to make a splash in theaters on November 23rd. Here’s the newest trailer:
As we can see, Moana is not your typical damsel in distress princess, she’s not your run of the mill heroic, independent princess either. Moana is a prophesied hero that must join forces with the proud, wind and sea demi-god Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, ahem — I mean, Maui. Moana will be voiced by appropriately ethnic newcomer Auli’i Cravalho.
While the trailers don’t confirm this movie as a musical, we should expect a hoard of beautiful Pacific Islander-inspired songs. Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer of Hamilton), Opetaia Foa’i (songwriter and lead vocalist of Te Vaka), and Mark Mancina (composer for Criminal Minds, and a bunch of Disney projects) are the men behind the music.
“Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.
“From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.”