Disney fans have been patiently awaiting the release of the studio's next animated venture, Moana, for some months now. The computer-animated film follows the titular Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), a sixteen-year-old Polynesian girl and natural-born navigator, as she teams up with the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to take town mythical baddies and save her home.
Followers of the film were excited to view its first official trailer in August, and a second trailer released more recently showed us even more about the dynamic duo of Moana and Maui. Walt Disney Studios Brazil has now released the film's official Portuguese trailer, which features some of Moana and Maui's clever banter as well as offers viewers a taste of the story the film will seek to tell. Check it out, above.
For those of you unfamiliar with Portuguese, the trailer opens by mentioning Moana's role as the "chosen one" sent to retrieve Maui, then follows the two as they venture out into the big blue to face some fearsome beasts -- including the deceptively cute Kakamora we saw in the second English trailer. This trailer actually offers a second look at the nutty little creatures, who look like they'll provide some great comic relief. We would expect nothing else from a film that also features Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as an evil crab.
The trailer, which calls the film "Moana: A Sea of Adventures," will debut in Brazilian cinemas on January 5. It's sure to be a worldwide hit, much like its predecessors, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, and Frozen, especially with Disney vets Ron Clements and John Musker co-directing (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules) and music from prominent artists like Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton), Mark Mancina (The Lion King, Tarzan), and Opetaia Foa'i of legendary Oceanic music group Te Vaka. It's been especially awesome to see Dwayne Johnson and Lin-Manuel Miranda palling around, with Disney Animation recently posting a video to their Instagram account that features the two spoofing "Gaston" from Beauty and the Beast.
Though we still technically don't know that much about the film from these trailers, we can say that it looks like Moana will offer just as much excitement, heart, and girl power as its studio promises. Plus, it's great to see both prominent and new Polynesian actors get to represent themselves in such a major animated film release. Nobody knows yet whether Moana will truly live up to its hype though, especially with competitor Laika Studios' Kubo and the Two Strings earning so much well-deserved criticism earlier this summer.
Nevertheless, we wouldn't be surprised to see Moana in the race for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (along with Zoootpia and Kubo and the Two Strings, among others). It remains to be seen whether Moana will be the one to take home Disney's third consecutive win, instead of the critically-acclaimed Zootopia -- but we're more than a little excited to find out if it deserves to.
Moana hits U.S. theaters on Nov. 23rd, 2016.
Source: Walt Disney Studios Brazil