Moana, Disney


2016 is going to be a big year for Disney!

Walt Disney Studios released the first footage from its upcoming CG-animated film, Moana, which stars Dwayne Johnson and newcomer Auli'i Cravalho. Cravalho plays the titular character, a young woman who uses her navigational talents to find a fabled island, and Johnson plays Maui, Moana's sidekick who just so happens to be a large-and-in-charge demigod who helps her find her way.

Obviously The Rock wasn't going to play a small character. The footage shows Maui wheeling his large hook-like staff and Moana staring off into the distance of the ocean, probably debating whether she should leave her home for an adventure. Spoiler alert: She and Maui head for the high seas. 

The only information that previously had been released was the plot, which adds that Moana wants to find the long-lost island so she can better connect with her Polynesian roots. But no journey ever runs smoothly, so Maui and Moana will have to battle bad monsters of the deep blue sea and confront an evil land spirit.

The directors are Ron Clements and John Musker, who also helmed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog. This will be the first CG-animated film for the duo, who describe the main character as an "indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself."

Moana hits theaters Nov. 23, 2016. Will you go see it? Sound off in the comments.

Make sure to watch the video below to see even more of the voice of Disney's newest princess.

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