“The sea is calling.”
Walt Disney Animation Studios has dropped the trailer for its upcoming original animated musical film titled, “Moana”, and it is as magical as promised!
The teaser video shows Maui (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and his moving tattoos boasting about his achievements to impress the young Moana (played by Auli’i Cravalho). After that, we get small glimpses of the movie such as Moana’s family sailing on the blue sea, Moana in action, and Maui transforming into a big bird.
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (from “Aladdin”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “Princess and the Frog”), the 3D animated musical, “Moana” will feature scores from Mark Mancina (from “The Lion King” and “Brother Bear”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (from “Hamilton”).
Though Fifth Harmony member Dinah Jane Hansen was an early contender for the role of young Moana, Disney eventually casted 14-year-old high school freshman Auliʻi Cravalho from Oahu, Hawaii after they auditioned hundreds of candidates.
“Moana is such an amazing character. She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well,” said the young actress.
Originally described as a “mythic adventure set around 2,000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific”, the film will follow the journey of a spirited 14-year-old teenage girl named Moana aka Princess Moana Waialiki, the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. During her “sacred” adventure, she teams up with demi-god Maui to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklores.
Watch the exciting trailer below:
“Moana” will be sailing into cinemas on 23rd November 2016.
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