After having a streak of nonstop hits from over the past few years with films like Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Wreck-it-Ralph, Disney Animation looks like it’s preparing for a one-two punch this year following Zootopia with their latest film, Moana. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk, it’s shaping up to be one of the studio’s most promising animated films in quite some time.
One of the aspects of the movie that remains the most mysterious as well, is its antagonist, who will reportedly be a witch created entirely out of lava, who was teased briefly during the film’s D23 Expo panel last year, and could end up being one of the studio’s more stunning visual achievements.
A brand new sneak peek from the movie has been released online today as well, and it comes with our first, fleeting look at the witch in question. Check it out below:
The full trailer for the film will air this Sunday on NBC, and could possibly come with an even better look at The Lava Witch, who looks fairly angry in this brief clip.
From The Little Mermaid directors, John Musker and Ron Clements, the movie will feature music composed by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as well, and tells the story of a girl from the vast Pacific, growing up in the many islands of Oceania, who ventures out alongside a demigod to try and restore the spirit of exploration to her culture.
The brief footage that was shown at D23 last year had me on the brink of tears if I’m being completely honest, and everything I’ve seen from it up until this point has just gotten me even more excited. I’ve said it before, but you will want to keep your eyes on Moana later this year.
Moana is set to hit theatres on November 23rd.
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