Disney has explored the majestic islands of the South Pacific in the past (e.g. “Lilo & Stitch”), and the company is set to return for its latest computer-animated adventure, “Moana.”
The first official trailer for “Moana” arrived Thursday (Sept. 15), providing a more complete look at the grand voyage that awaits the main characters – a teenage girl named Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) and a shape-shifting demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson).
“For generations this peaceful island has been home to our family,” a mysterious voice proclaims at the opening of the trailer. “But beyond our reef, a great danger is coming. Legend tells of a hero who will journey to find the demigod Maui. And together they will save us all.”
And immediately we see the prophecy unfold as Moana and Maui team up to face powerful storms, an evil tribe of coconuts and a giant monster made of molten lava. It’s also revealed that Maui isn’t the only one with special abilities, as Moana has the ability to manipulate water.
The movie is also significant because Moana is the daughter of an island chief, which makes her the first Polynesian princess among Disney’s famed group of female royalty.
The film was headed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the same duo behind Disney classics such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “The Princess & the Frog.”
“Moana” hits theaters on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23), but you can check out the trailer below.