Between the two powerhouses that are Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Studios, the company has had a number of hits among their animated features in recent years. This year alone, Disney debuted Zootopia, which was a hit with both critics and casual moviegoers as evidenced by the film earning over $1 billion at the global box office; meanwhile, Pixar released Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, which topped the box office for a number of weeks over the summer. Now, Disney's next animated feature to hit theaters is Moana.
The upcoming film stars Dwayne Johnson (Central Intelligence, Baywatch) as the legendary demigod Maui, newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the titular character, and Alan Tudyk (Wreck-It Ralph) as Moana's pet rooster Hei Hei in an adventure across ancient Oceana in the South Pacific. Johnson released a new poster earlier this week featuring Maui, Moana, Hei Hei, and Moana's pet pig Pua and now the actor has debuted a brand new trailer for the Disney animated movie.
During an appearance on Good Morning America, Johnson brought the new trailer for Moana (above). Although previous trailers have largely focused on introducing both Maui and Moana - with the former using his magical animated tattoos to help tell his story and the latter concentrating on her relationship with the ocean - the second official trailer for Disney's upcoming animated film offers more of a look at what kind of adventure audiences can expect.
Moana is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker - the team behind such Disney hits as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog - with music from Tony Award-winning Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina (Tarzan, August Rush), and Oceanic songwriter Opetaia Foa'i. Additionally starring in Moana are Jemaine Clement (The BFG) as the villainous crab Tamatoa, Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones) as Moana's father Chief Tui, singer Nicole Scherzinger as Moana's mother Sina, and Hamilton's Phillipa Soo as a villager on Moana's home island.
Although Moana seems to have an all-star team behind the scenes and in front of the microphones, Disney is not necessarily impervious to duds in recent years. The Good Dinosaur, released last year, didn't land as well with critics despite all the requisite Disney magic. However, The Good Dinosaur also saw some changes behind the scenes during production. Of course, even when Disney's animated division isn't at its best, the films that hit theaters still manage to entertain and delight audiences.
Whether Moana will follow in Zootopia's footsteps and become another Disney classic, or go the route of The Good Dinosaur as a solid - if not standout - addition to the studio's animated library remains to be seen. But, for the most part the trailers for Moana have teased an intriguing, musically pleasing, and all around entertaining Disney animated adventure - with some beloved names attached.
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Moana will see theatrical release in the U.S. on November 23, 2016.
Source: Good Morning America