Disney’s Moana trailer sets sail, hits theaters this fall
Disney released the very first Moana trailer this week, just in time for your summer vibes to connect to the ocean spirits.
Disney first revealed Moana back at the D23 Expo in 2015, since then Disney has been busy releasing the Jungle Book, Zootopia, Finding Dory, a wide-array of Marvel and Star Wars films and prepping for the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Naturally Moana took a backseat in the marketing department while those films hit theaters, but now after months of waiting, fans can get their first look at the new animated feature. Disney had been teasing the trailer’s reveal all weekend, showing clips and edited cuts of the official trailer on the studio’s social-media channels throughout the day on Sunday.
In the film Moana’s ancestors sailed the seas three thousand years ago, they were the greatest sailors in the world and the journeyed the Pacific. They helped to discover the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.
“Moana” is a 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.
The film is directed by the popular Disney 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”).
Joining Dwayne Johnson in the cast are Alan Tudyk, newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Phillipa Soo. “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.