The Walt Disney Animation Studio has a knack for telling a great story that people of all ages can enjoy. The Disney Princess movies such as the “Frozen”, “The Princess and the Frog”, and “Pocahontas” have been very popular amongst children and adults alike. This November, Disney will be adding a new princess to their list. The upcoming Disney film, “Moana”, will introduce Disney’s first Polynesian Princess.
The film will follow the life of 16-year-old Moana as she sets out on an ancient quest. Moana is determined to save her people and become a master Wayfinder. While on her journey, Moana meets, Maui, a demigod who guides on her quest for her ancestors. The film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The directing duo has also directed Disney classics such as “Aladdin” and the “Little Mermaid”. Dwayne Johnson and newcomer, Auli’I Cravalho, have been cast to voice the main characters of the film. Jermaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk have also been cast to lend their voices. According to Director, John Musker,
“Our assembled voice cast for this film is beyond our wildest dreams. We are so fortunate to have this group of talented actors, many from Oceania, breathing life into their characters.”
Director, Ron Clements added,
“We are so thankful to have found such extraordinary people who not only capture the voices of these characters, they elevate them in every way.”
Former WWE wrestler turned actor, Dwayne Johnson plays Maui. Maui is half God/ half mortal and travels with Moana throughout her quest.
The main character Moana is voiced by newcomer, Auli’l Cravalho. Moana is a 16-year-old girl who tries to find her identity on her adventurous journey.
Jermaine Clement who is no stranger to animation. Clement has lent his voice to animated movies such as “Despicable Me”, “Rio” and “Rio 2”. In “Moana”, Clement’s character is named Tamatoa. Tamatoa is a 50-foot crab who has a complex with being a “bottom feeder”.
Rachel House plays Gramma Tala. Gramma is not only Moana’s grandmother but she is also her best friend. Moana finds that she and Gramma share a special connection with the ocean.
Temuera Morrison plays Chief Tui, Moana’s father. Chief Tui leads the people of Montunui and is well respected. He would like for Moana to follow in his footsteps but she has other plans.
Grammy nominated songstress, Nicole Scherzinger, plays Sina. Sina is Moana’s no-nonsense mother. Sina’s character supports her daughter’s dreams but wants to keep her safe at all times.
Lastly, Alan Tudyk provides the voice for Heihei. Heihei is a not so bright rooster who stows away on Moana’s canoe giving him a front row seat on Moana’s journey.
Moana is set to hit theaters on November 23rd. In the meantime, check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.
By Ronda Brooks