Walt Disney Studios Animation already had a colossal hit earlier this year with Zootopia, but the studio isn’t finished yet, and this Thanksgiving audiences will get a chance to meet Moana, a Polynesian princess who dreams of following in her ancestors’ footsteps as an oceanic adventurer.
Voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, she’ll be joined by a rooster named Heihei (Alan Tudyk) and a boastful demi-god called Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who will act as her guide and mentor as they embark on a thrilling quest into unknown territory. Check out the latest full-length trailer for Moana below.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts about this film, my wife and I were lucky enough to catch some early footage from Moana at the 2015 D23 Expo, and we’ve been eagerly anticipating it ever since. And with Ron Clements and John Musker at the helm (they previously directed Aladdin and The Little Mermaid), there’s plenty to look forward to.
Disney’s Moana opens in theaters on November 23.
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.