Disney’s ‘MOANA’ inspires & teases a ‘Rock’-in’ adventure

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Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.  ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people in MOANA. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Courtney Howard // Film Critic

Disney’s MOANA is on my top five list for end of the year releases. I can’t wait to see the finished product. And I know I’m not alone in my anticipation. The rest of you are excited too – I can feel it in my soul. Disney has released a new trailer – and if you can believe it, it’s even better than the last.

Check out our MOANA first look piece.

The trailer opens on Gramma Tala’s (Moana’s grandmother) narration. She’s voiced by Rachel House, who plays the hilarious child welfare service worker in HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (which, if you haven’t seen it yet, GO RIGHT NOW). We also get a longer look at that silly rascal chicken Heihei, who is one of the two breakout stars of the film (the other is Moana’s pig you saw in the teaser, Pua). Plus, we hear more of that great island soundtrack.

Get ready to feel some feels when MOANA opens on November 23.

MOANA poster

 

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Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard is a LAFCA, OFCS and AWFJ member, as well as a Rotten Tomatometer-approved film critic. Her work has been published on Variety, She Knows and Awards Circuit.