First Look at Disney’s Next Princess, Moana

Animated Adventure

Walt Disney Animation Studios has unveiled your first look at its adventure comedy Moana, and an introduction to the young 14-year-old Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho voicing her.

“From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress,” she tells People magazine. “Moana is such an amazing character. She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.”

Cravalho stars as Moana Waialiki, a young girl who goes on a monster-packed sea voyage, opposite Dwayne Johnson as the demi-god Maui who aids her on the journey. It will be a musical adventure, and “The Rock” will actually be singing in the movie as well. Alan Tudyk (Zootopia) has also joined the voice cast of the new animated feature.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid), Moana opens in theaters November 23, 2016. Watch the featurette introducing Auli’i, and check out the first look sketches and image below.

Good for her! My nephew loves a good Disney princess, looking forward to this. Hopefully it will be a family movie where no one dies, no witchcraft or evil spirits.

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, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) 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. 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.