Based on our coverage of Moana, we know that Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) is a rather arrogant demi-god who needs a lesson in humility. Enter Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho), a natural born navigator who is on a quest to save her native home island of Motonui.
It will be very interesting to see how a young teenager will put up with someone who is as obnoxious and confident as Maui, and we start to see just a little bit of the chemistry between the two in two new clips from the film. One which will showcase Johnson’s talents as a singer, and the other when the two meet each other for the first time. Check it out below.
Normally, I try to avoid writing about clips, but because we hardly ever get to hear Johnson sing, if you could call it that, I think I can make an exception. It’s not as though the film hinges on Johnson being able to sing, and it’s not that he is a bad singer, I think it’s that the film owns up to the fact that he is just adequate when it comes to singing by using Johnson’s natural charm. The song itself doesn’t sound like it requires as much of a vocal range as some of the other songs in the film.
The second clip sees Moana meet Maui for the first time. During our visit to Disney’s Animation Studio’s Tujunga campus, we learn that Moana is searching for Maui, and that he is the key to preventing a great catestrophe from happening on her home island.
The film also stars Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk.
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, Moana sets sail into theaters on November 23, 2016.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.