The film tells the story of a young woman (Cravalho) who uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui (Johnson).
This scene is presumably from early on in the film, with Maui still unsure of who he’s dealing with. But at least he’s on top of the latest lingo: “When you use a bird to write with, it’s called ‘Tweeting.'”
With Aladdin and The Little Mermaid directors Ron Clements and John Musker on board at the helm, and the fact that Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of those behind the film’s music, we’ve got high hopes that this great-looking film will be another Disney winner. Fingers crossed.
Moana, also featuring voice work from Alan Tudyk, Jermaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel House and Phillipa Soo, opens in the U.S. on November 23 and arrives in Australia on December 26.
Synopsis for Moana:
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.