Moana

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 animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

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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. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought—her own identity.

 Fun Facts

  • Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of talented young women throughout the Pacific Islands before finding the gifted Native Hawaiian Auli‘i Cravalho, who did not initially pursue the coveted role. The film’s Hawai‘i-based casting director recalled her singing performance from a video submission for a fundraiser/talent showcase and asked Auli‘i to come in and try out. Three auditions later, including her first trip to Burbank, California, she earned the title role, thanks to raw talent.
  • The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music includes Three-time Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina who co-wrote songs, produced and arranged the score for Broadway’s musical production of The Lion King.
  • Directors Ron Clements and John Musker made their writing-directing debut on the 1986 feature The Great Mouse Detective. They went on to write and direct some of Disney’s most beloved animated classics, including the undersea adventure The Little Mermaid in 1989, the hilarious hit Aladdin in 1992, 1997’s epic comedy Hercules and, most recently, 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.

Visit the official site here. Opens in theaters Novemeber 23, 2016.