With Disney’s new animated feature Moana hitting theaters in just under a month, the House of Mouse decided to brighten our Monday with a new clip featuring Dwayne Johnson’s Maui belting out an upbeat tune to a quizzical Moana.
What Disney has perfected as a well-oiled machine is its ability to use song in such a way that makes exposition and info-dumping pain-free and actually enjoyable. Further, Johnson continues to show the breadth and depth of his range, from starring in series like Ballers to films such as Moana and the Fast and Furious franchise. His star is rising for a reason: with work like he’s showing with Moana, it’s clear Johnson knows how to bring the hustle.
And showing a creation myth unfold on an animated character’s stomach? Stroke. Of. Genius.
Moana, starring Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, premieres November 23rd from Disney.
From the official movie description:
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 exactly 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 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”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. For more information, visit http://disney.com/moana, like us on Facebook, https://www.
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