First Footage of Disney’s MOANA Debuts!

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In "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming big-screen adventure, a spirited teenager named Moana (left) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder. Along the way, she meets once-mighty demi-god Maui (right). Featuring Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

In “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming big-screen adventure, a spirited teenager named Moana (left) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder. Along the way, she meets once-mighty demi-god Maui (right). Featuring Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Courtney Howard // Film Critic

Disney has debuted some very brief first look footage from their upcomming animated feature, MOANA! Get to know who Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) is and why you should care about her. I can tell you that right now: it’s because she’s awesome and lives in paradise. Plus, Dwayne Johnson, who plays demi-god Maui, is involved and we all know that everyone wants to be part of what “The Rock” is cookin’.

Amounting to mere seconds of actual screen time, the footage makes us thirst to see more.

MOANA opens on November 23.

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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.