In the midst of Disney taking over Hollywood, primarily with their acquisitions of Lucasfilm and Marvel, let’s not forget they’re still doing what most of us love them best for: animation.
Next year, they’re putting out two animated films, which is something they haven’t done since 2002.
The first film is Zootopia, which I talked about a few weeks ago with the clever posters they put out for the film.
Later this year, in November, is Disney’s next princess film, featuring their first Polynesian princess and titular character of Moana.
Now we have our first look at the film, thanks to a featurette that debuted on the Disney Channel!
Unsurprisingly, the animation already looks stunning.
As the video says, the film follows the young Moana (Auli’i Cravalh) as she ventures out on an adventure with the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson).
In speaking about his role, Johnson talks about his own roots: “Samoa is in my blood. And to tell a story inspired by the South Pacific is truly a great honor.”
It is definitely exciting that the two leads are being voiced by Polynesian people. And that’s only one reason to be excited about this film. It’s directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), with animation by Eric Goldberg (Paperman, Hercules, Aladdin), a script by Taika Waititi, and music by Opetaia Foaʻi, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
If that’s not enough to get you pumped, I don’t know what is!
The film is set to hit theaters on November 23, 2016.
Are you excited for Moana? Let us know in the comments!