Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson surprised fans at the D23 EXPO today to talk about the new Disney Animated movie, Moana, in which he lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui. He was joined by renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) and producer Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts One Man Band, Boundin) who shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it.
Set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, the film follows Moana, a spirited teenager who longs to be a navigator. She takes to the seas to find the long-lost island that can connect her to her ancestors, teaming up with Maui (Johnson) along the way. The two will battle monsters of the deep and explore the underworld while they encounter ancient ones and also cross paths with a vengeful island spirit.
Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i, founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka, blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of Moana. Foa’i capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music.
Moana sails into U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016.