Disney's 56th animated feature got its time in the spotlight during last night's Rio Olympics telecast on NBC.
This new extended trailer for Moana gives us a tiny, scorching taste of the villainous Lava Witch and much more of Maui, the shapeshifting demigod of the wind and sea. Voiced by The Rock, Maui can apparently transform himself into a soaring hawk, wields a giant magical fishhook and relies on his lively tapestry of tribal warrior tattoos for comedic effect. This has the look and feel of a solid Disney offering using the rich untapped mythology and history of the Pacific Islands as its backdrop.
Here's the official synopsis:
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 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”).
Journey into this new Olympics TV spot for Disney's Moana and tell us if you're destined to join their Polynesian voyage when Moana sets sail on Nov. 23.