Being from Hawaii, I have been pretty excited about Moana for months and months. But when I saw the most recent image from the movie, I did a double-take. The smirk, the leonine mane, the on-point eyebrows… Moana is a dead ringer for my first-born.
I'm looking forward to taking the kids back to Hawaii next month. Roo hasn't been since she was a toddler and Jasper has never been, so it will be nice to expose them to the place I grew up. We'll get to spend some time on Oahu with Grandpa Rod and Grandma Marie and also on the Big Island and Maui. Hopefully they'll embrace the culture a bit… and if they don't, there's always Moana to look forward to come Thanksgiving…
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 Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-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.