The titular heroine Moana — the studio’s first Polynesian princess — and her pet pig watch unamused as Maui recounts his heroic feats as his tattoos come to life — including using his “magical fishhook” to slow down the sun, pull islands out of the sea and battle monsters — and shows off his fight moves.
The film follow 16-year-old Moana (voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) as she teams up with Maui to voyage across the Pacific to find a mythical island and thereby fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. The once-mighty demigod helps her become a master wayfinder and find her identity along the way.
The CG-animated feature’s musical score includes tracks from Opetaia Foa’i and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who won the Tony Award on Sunday night for best original score and best book of a musical.
“Moana” reunites the directing duo of Ron Clements and John Musker, who worked together on “The Little Mermaid” “Aladdin” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
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The film, produced by Osnat Shurer, hits theaters on Nov. 23 — Thanksgiving Day.