Exciting news MBMoms! Walt Disney Animations Studios’ has released a NEW MOANA trailer! The film, starring Auli‘i Cravalho (voice of “Moana”) and Dwayne Johnson (voice of “Maui”), opens in theatres in 3D this Thanksgiving!
Watch the NEW MOANA trailer below:
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific. They discovered the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows 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, she meets the once-mighty demigod Maui. He guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. They encounter enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, she fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
FUN FILM FACTS:
- Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of talented young women throughout the Pacific Islands before finding the gifted Native Hawaiian Auli‘i Cravalho. She 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. They asked Auli‘i to come in and try out. Three auditions later, including her first trip to Burbank, Calif., she earned the title role.
- The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music includes Tony®- and Grammy®-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. You might know him from Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton” and the Tony-winning “In the Heights.” He is also a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient.
- Three-time Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina created memorable scores for films like “Speed,” “Tarzan” and the Oscar®-winning “Training Day.” He also co-wrote songs, produced and arranged the score for Broadway’s musical production of “The Lion King.”
- Opetaia Foa‘i, the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, is a winner of numerous world music awards, including the Senior Pacific Artist award for his contribution to Pacific music.
- 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. These include “The Little Mermaid” in 1989, “Aladdin” in 1992, 1997’s “Hercules” and, most recently, 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog.”
- Producer Osnat Shurer served as the executive producer of the shorts group at Pixar Animation Studios. While at Pixar, Shurer produced or executive produced a host of hit shorts, including the Oscar®-nominated “Lifted” (2006), “One Man Band” (2005) and “Boundin’” (2003).