Disney celebrated the world-premiere of “Moana” this week, kicking off the launch of Disney’s highly-anticipated new animated-feature before it hits theaters later this month. A few of the high-profile members of the cast and crew attended the red-carpet event, greeting fans and talking about the importance of the new Disney tale and their new characters. “Disney’s Moana” will release on November 24, 2016 in IMAX and 3D. Among those in attendance were the two leading voice-talents of “Moana,” Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
The film has grown quite a buzz on social-media over the last year, the project was first announced back at D23 in 2015. At the time Disney introduced, the then unknown, Auli’i Cravalho. Disney also brought ‘The Rock’ on-stage to introduce the world to Disney’s first Pacific Islander lead and her companion Maui. Disney has released a few trailers and teasers for the film, which can be seen here. The story of Moana actually begins three thousand years before Moana was even born, when her ancestors ruled the high-seas and explored the vast Pacific. Just as the prominent sailors reached the peak of their Oceanic exploits however, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. That is the point in the story when we first meet Moana.
Moana is a young teen who bravely sails out on her own in 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 personal quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, the duo sail across the open ocean, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. All along the way, Moana journeys to fulfill the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. The film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”). You can catch a few members of the cast and crew below, or on the YouTube video here, including interview clips with Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Rachel House and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Disney fans can catch “Moana” when it hits U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016.