Disney UK has dropped the first teaser for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ South Pacific adventure, Moana. The seafaring tale, with music by last night’s Tony champ Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by the Little Mermaid team of Ron Clements and John Musker. A story of self-discovery, Moana features the voices of newcomer Auli’I Cravalho as the eponymous 16-year-old navigator, and Dwayne Johnson as Maui: half-god, half-mortal, all-awesome. You see, Maui wields a fishhook with magical powers — he tells us all about it in the video above.
An ode to Polynesian culture set 2,000 years ago, the plot follows Moana, a spirited girl who has been born to the sea. When she sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest, she encounters the once-mighty Maui. Together, they embark on an action-packed voyage, and encounter impossible odds.
Disney has been teasing press and exhibitors for more than a year with early footage screened in 2015 at Cannes, Cine Europe and its D23 event last August. Disney Animation is enjoying a big 2016 with Zootopia having recently crossed the $1B global box office mark — it’s currently the No. 2 movie of the year worldwide and internationally.
Moana, which looks to carry on the box office bonanza, also features music from Opetaia Foa’i and The Lion King arranger Mark Mancina. Pixar alum Osnat Shurer is producer. Domestic release is set for November 23 with offshore rollout beginning that same week.
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