of Disney’s next animated film, was announced, and now after being , casting news we finally have a teaser trailer to really sink our teeth into!
Princess Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) is set to become Disney’s first Polynesian princess, and the film will take audiences on a mythical adventure through the South Pacific as Moana sails the Pacific Ocean to complete her ancestors’ unfinished quest. Moana (whose name means ‘ocean’ in many pacific languages) will be joined along the way by the Demi-God Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and their animal side-kicks Pua (a pig) and Heihei (a rooster).
Take a look at the beautiful trailer below and prepare to be swept away into the world of the Pacific:
I know it was only 1-minute and 28-seconds long, but I’m ready to label Moana a smash hit now because that trailer was truly stunning! Let’s dive in for a closer look:
Maui was introduced
First up we had a proper introduction to the character of Maui and why he’s so important in Pacific cultures.
Maui is a well known figure in the Pacific, appearing up in Maori, Samoan, Hawaiian, Tongan, Tahitian and Mangarevan mythology. He’s basically a Polynesian superhero, known for being a major trickster but also for his impressive feats. In the opening few seconds of the teaser trailer some of the legends of Maui are quickly recounted through his tattoos, including him slowing the sun and fishing up islands.
I’ve written more in depth about Maui and his magical hook before, .
Moana was introduced!
Following Maui’s enthusiastic retelling of his legends we meet our new princess, Moana and her pal Pua. It seems like Moana is a little confused by the over the top Demi-God, but I’m sure it’s just the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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We get a hint of Moana’s connection to the ocean
After the music kicks in we see a few scenes from the film, including one where it looks like a baby Moana appears to part the ocean and peers through the water as a turtle glides past her. We already know from her name that Moana has a very special connection with the ocean, but this magical connection is something else.
It was also very cool that we also saw a traditional double hull outrigger canoe. to find their way, something which was also mentioned in the lyrics of the music (“we are explorers reading every sign”) playing in the trailer.
Given that this was just the first trailer, and a teaser trailer at that, Disney gave us just enough of an intro to keep us hooked (pun intended). With five months until Moana is released on November 23 we can definitely expect longer and more detailed trailers in the months to come, and I for one, cannot wait.
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Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped — and no one today knows why.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes ‘Moana,’ a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.