Disney’s newest animated film Moana will hit theaters on November 23, 2016. Check out what we know so far!
1. The Story
Moana tells the story of a teenager who must set sail in the Pacific Ocean in order to save her people. Moana crosses paths with the once-mighty demigod Maui who helps her on her journey. The pair face many obstacles along the way including giant sea monsters. As Moana searches to fulfill the quest of her ancestors she ends up finding herself in the process.
2. The Cast
The lead part of Moana is played by Hawaii native Auli’i Cravalho. The above video summarizes her audition process. The demigod Maui will be voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Disney alum Alan Tudyk is listed as an unnamed additional voice. Those are the only cast members listed so far on the film’s imdb page.
3. The Music
The film’s score will be a collaboration between Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tarzan’s Mark Mancina, and Samoan musician Opetaia Foa’i. Miranda posted a tweet earlier this year hinting at the music that he promises will make us cry.
4. The Filmmakers
Moana is written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. They also wrote and directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog. You know, just three of the most quotable and lovable Disney animated films. Although we still haven’t seen an official trailer for Moana, I have a lot of faith in these two. I have high hopes that Moana will join the long list of successful Disney animated films.