Ever since the D23 Expo last year revealed some exciting new footage from the film, I’ve been patiently waiting to see more from Disney’s newest animated adventure, Moana, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Phillipa Soo, Alan Tudyk, and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho. Coming from directors John Musker and Ron Clements as well (The Little Mermaid), the film is shaping up to be a return to some of Disney’s more classic-feeling animated films, similar to Frozen in 2013.
Set in the distant past in the Oceania regions of the world, the film follows Moana (Cravalho), a young girl who comes from a long line of navigators and explorers, who with the help of a demigod named Maui (Johnson) tries to bring the spirit for adventure and exploration back to her people and culture by becoming a master wayfinder and possibly, finding her own identity along the way.
Check out the first trailer for yourself down below:
Here’s the film’s full synopsis as well:
“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.”
Obviously capitalizing on both Johnson’s star power and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is composing some of the film’s songs and music, some of the footage is the exact same as what was shown at D23 last year. However, the final moments of the trailer, which included our first taste of Miranda’s music in the film as well as some of its visually-breathtaking adventure, are where the film really begins to take form, for me at least. Moana is the most excited I’ve been for a Disney animated film in years though, and after hearing nothing but good things from those involved, it’s nothing other than exciting to see a trailer as inviting as this one is.
Moana is set to hit theatres on November 23rd.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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