With Disney dominating the box office this year with hits like Captain America: Civil War, the live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, and the most recent Pixar production Finding Dory, it’s safe to say they are on a winning streak. While the studio has already announced their plans to adapt more classic tentpole films into live-action features (like Beauty and the Beast) and make more sequels (like Marry Poppins Returns), they continue to bring us fresh animated characters as well.
Moana, the next original animated film from Disney, follows the adventures of Moana (Auli’I Cravalho) a young girl and descendent of a long line of Southern Pacific sailors who sets out to fulfill a mission that her ancestors were unable to finish. Her goal is to explore the many tropical islands of Oceania in hopes of discovering why sea voyages came to a halt 3,000 years ago. Like every Disney film, Moana has quirky sidekicks to accompany her on her adventure: a cute little pig named Pua, a chicken named Hei Hei, and a goofy demigod named Maui (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).
In newly released promos from Disney Studio’s we are introduced to Pua, Hei-He, and Kakamora, a mischievous little coconut man that we haven’t seen in any of the trailers. Like every classic Disney character, Moana has to have loyal sidekicks to add some comedic elements to the film and, of course, help her navigate the sea. Watch the new sidekick promos below.
Moana, from the legendary Mouse House directing duo Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) has a voice cast that includes Alan Tudyk (who also voiced characters in Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia), Hamilton alum Phillipa Soo, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Maui, and Auli’I Cravalho as Moana. Disney’s sea adventure film was written by Clements and Musker in collaboration with Pamela Ribon (Samantha Who?), Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and Jared Bush (Zootopia). Moana will feature all new original songs co-written by Hamilton’s famed creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Out of the three, Pua seems like he would be the most helpful or at least the most adorable, considering that hungry Hei-Hei only seems to be concerned with eating and Moana swiftly smacks Kakamora with her paddle. Becky the goofy bird from Finding Dory did end up helping out quite a bit in the end, so it’s possible that despite Hei-Hei’s being a little on the dumb side, he may play an important role as well.
Moana arrives in U.S. theaters on November 23rd, 2017.
Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios