Walt Disney Studios has released their official trailer for their newest voyage, Moana.
Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, is an adventurous teenager and daughter of the chief, who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. She has a never-say-die attitude and a profound connection to the ocean; sparking her curiosity as to why her people never leave the reef beyond their island.
The story is inspired in part by the oral histories of the people and cultures of Oceania. Three thousand years ago, Polynesian voyagers, the greatest navigators in the world, traveled across the vast Pacific, discovering thousands of islands. But then, according to scholars, for approximately a millennium their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. There are many theories, but no one is certain about what may have led to this 1,000-year gap in exploration. This mystery sparked the filmmakers to explore the rebirth of wayfinding through Moana.
Moana sets out to find shapeshifter and demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), leading to an unlikely but comedic friendship. Maui, who’s on his own journey of self-discovery, reluctantly guides Moana in her quest to become a master wayfinder and save her people. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th animated feature, Moana, sails into theaters on November 23.