Moana Trailer Introduces a New Kind of Disney Princess
Back in January, fans got their first look at Disney's new animated adventure Moana, which is set to hit theaters on November 23. While the studio promoted this upcoming movie during CinemaCon in April, we haven't seen any footage since January, but that all changed today when Disney released the first trailer and new photos. This trailer reveals the mighty exploits of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), although young Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) doesn't seem terribly impressed.
In April, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he will be singing in the movie. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn't feature any of the tunes sung by The Rock, but hopefully the next trailer will feature some of this music. It was actually Auli'i Cravalho's singing that helped her land the role, after an Oahu, Hawaii casting agent discovered the teenager's vocal abilities during a charity competition. She was then flown to Los Angeles, where she met directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and was eventually crowned the new Disney Princess.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped - and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures 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
Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) are directing Moana from their own screenplay, with Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts One Man Band, Boundin) producing. The music will be composed by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway's Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan, The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa'i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka). Moana has been given a Wednesday, November 23 release date, the day before Thanksgiving, where it will go up against Bad Santa 2 and Allied.
No other voice cast members have been announced at this time for this animated adventure, but we still have several months left until Moana hits theaters in November. We'll be sure to keep you posted with all of the latest updates regarding Moana, so be sure to stay tuned. In the meantime, take a look at the first trailer and new photos from Moana below.