The special extended Moana trailer, first aired during the Olympics, is now online. This trailer gives a look at Moana’s irresponsible, limelight seeking help in her quest: The demigod Maui and his tattoos. There’s also a look at the enemies they’ll be facing, including some kind of cute animated coconuts and a large, fiery lava monster.
The film looks fun, but also a bit generic; the exchanges between Moana and Maui are familiar now from several preceding animated features. Even Auliʻi Cravalho as Maui sounds extremely familiar.
Still, I am looking forward to the lava monster. What about you? What do you think?
Synopsis for Moana
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 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 Auliʻi 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”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.