WATCH: New Full-Length Trailer for Disney’s ‘Moana’


A new full-length trailer for Disney’s upcoming animated film, “Moana,” was released earlier today. The trailer teases the big adventure between Moana and Maui, as well as the gorgeous animation.

Per the synopsis, 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.

“Moana” is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teen who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (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. Along the way they encounter enormous monsters and impossible odds. In addition, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

“Moana” is the first animated Disney film to feature a Polynesian princess. The trailer gives the first real glimpse of Moana, as well as demigod Maui in action. It also features some of Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina’s original music.

The film joins a long list of other animated films vying for Oscar attention this year. Disney already has the hit “Zootopia” on its hands, for instance. Pixar has “Finding Dory” to promote. Other big hitters include “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus Features), “My Life As a Zucchini” (GKIDS) and “Sing” (Illumination/Universal).

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.

Check out the trailer below.

Tell us: What do you think of the first full-length “Moana” trailer? Does Disney have another hit on their hands? Will “Moana” be an Oscar spoiler in Best Animated Feature? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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