Disney’s Zootopia recently hit $1 billion earlier this week, but it is easy to forget that they also have another animated film that is coming out this year. Moana is the Pacific Islands set film that centers on a young teenage girl (voiced by 14-year-old native Hawaiian, Auliâ€™i Cravalho) who shares a special bond with the ocean. With dreams of becoming an ocean navigator, our title character and her animal friends â€” a pig named Pua and a cranky rooster named Hei Hei – journey out into the ocean where they meet the devilishly handsome demi-god Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Together they will revive the once-proud family tradition that has mysteriously gone unpracticed and meet dangerous elemental challenges along the way.
Aside from the casting and the D23 presentation that we saw last year, there has been little to no promotions for Moana. Until now. Johnson took to social media to unveil the film’s first poster and announce the release date of the first trailer for the film. Check out all of that below.
Johnson showed the world the first poster on Twitter and announced that the first trailer (most likely a teaser) would drop this Sunday.
Our coverage of the film during a presentation at D23 describes the animated water as stunningly beautiful as the ocean seemed to have motherly characteristics. One would have to wonder how this and Zootopia would do if they ever nominated for the same award – which by all accounts could very well happen.
Here’s the official poster as Tweeted by the actor:
Moana arrives into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
Hereâ€™s the filmâ€™s official synopsis:
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped â€“ and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes â€œMoana,â€ a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestorsâ€™ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auliâ€™i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (â€œThe Little Mermaid,â€ â€œAladdin,â€ â€œThe Princess & the Frogâ€), and produced by Osnat Shurer (â€œLifted,â€ â€œOne Man Bandâ€), â€œMoanaâ€ sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.