Disney has shared the first look at its upcoming animated film Moana. As the studio continues on its 21st century path of creating strong female leads, this film sees the main character Moana navigate the seas in search of a mythic island.
Moana (voiced by Hawaiian native Auli’i Cravalho) joins forces with demi-god Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). But it appears Johnson lent more than his voice to the character of Maui, considering the character’s overwhelming stature and build isn’t too far off from The Rock’s massive muscles.
The trailer sees Moana listening to Maui share stories of his strength and sorcery, while he utters phrases that sound humorously similar to that of a capoeira course (for those who watch Bob’s Burgers). From there, the trailer shows Moana and Maui embarking on their adventure that’s filled with fierce piercing of fish, sailing through dolphin-filled waters, and Maui transforming into a large bird before taking flight. For a teaser trailer, it does just that — teases a small glimpse into a story that remains a bit unclear, but makes viewers want to see more.
The trailer credits a lengthy list of notable contributors. The film comes from the creators of Frozen, Zootopia, and Big Hero 6. It is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) and is written by the two as well as Jared Bush (Zootopia), Pamela Ribon (Samantha Who?) and Taika Waititi (Thor, Ragnarok). The film also features songs and music from Hamilton star Lin Manuel-Miranda (the current Midas of theatrical music), Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina (The Lion King).
Moana will be released November 23rd, 2016. Watch the trailer above.