New Trailer for Disney's MOANA

It can't help but feel like there is an onslaught of animated movies coming out this fall. We have Storks next week from Warner Bros. followed by DreamWorks' Trolls in early November and the now giant animation house of Illumination following up The Secret Life of Pets in December with (the kind of terrible looking) SING. Still, despite the more saturated than usual state of the market one of the most exciting films this holiday season is that of Disney Animation's latest film, Moana. Following up the billion dollar success of Zootopia the non-Pixar division of Disney looks to continue its hot streak with this strikingly beautiful film that is proud to tout it will indeed feature original songs as well as the pairing of mega-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as demi-god Maui with the unknown Auli’i Cravalho voicing the titular character. Add to this the fact that Disney recruited well-renowned directing duo Ron Clements and John Musker who were behind the likes of both The Little Mermaid and Aladdin as well as Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda to compose the original songs for the movie and it's hard to imagine how this won't be incredible. Like four out of their last five hits Moana will open on or around Thanksgiving making the likelihood of the film reaching the epic-like proportions of Frozen even greater. As for the full trailer, this looks pretty fantastic. The colors are bursting and The Rock seems to be having an especially good time as his Maui looks to not simply be the comic relief but a genuine scene-stealer. The Pairing of these two characters feels inspired with their destined quest to find a fabled island and destroy evil demigods serving as a jumping off point to what is hopefully a cool exploration of a different culture. Moana also features the voice talents of Alan Tudyk, Phillipa Soo, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and opens on November 23rd, 2016.

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.

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