Walt Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Moana.
It’s been quite the weekend for Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the now 11-time Tony winning play Hamilton. Not only did his hugely successful show come within one Tony of breaking the all-time record last night, Miranda also took to the stage with a beautiful sonnet as his acceptance speech that left everyone in tears as he paid tribute to the tragedy in Orlando, Florida over the weekend:
Take a moment if you need one. We understand.
The other news from the Lin-Manuelverse this weekend is slightly more upbeat and exciting, as Walt Disney Animation released the first teaser trailer for Moana, starring Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho. With songs from Miranda on the soundtrack and the ever-present charm of The Rock front and center, Moana promises to be one of the more anticipated releases of the fall. Due out on Thanksgiving, Moana tells the tale of “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.”
Here’s the first trailer for Moana:
Some interesting notes sent over by Disney about this production include:
- Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of talented young women throughout the Pacific Islands before finding the gifted Native Hawaiian Auli’i Cravalho, who did not initially pursue the coveted role. The film’s Hawai’i-based casting director recalled her singing performance from a video submission for a fundraiser/talent showcase and asked Auli’i to come in and try out. Three auditions later, including her first trip to Burbank, Calif., she earned the title role, thanks to raw talent.
- The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music include Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka).
- Directors Ron Clements and John Musker made their writing-directing debut on the 1986 feature “The Great Mouse Detective.” They went on to write and direct some of Disney’s most beloved animated classics, including the undersea adventure “The Little Mermaid” in 1989, the hilarious hit “Aladdin” in 1992, 1997’s epic comedy “Hercules” and, most recently, 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog.”
- Producer Osnat Shurer served as the executive producer of the shorts group at Pixar Animation Studios, responsible for Pixar’s short films, as well as all DVD bonus materials. While at Pixar, Shurer produced or executive produced a host of hit shorts, including the Oscar®-nominated “Lifted” (2006), “One Man Band” (2005) and “Boundin’” (2003).
More on Moana: