He does action, he does comedy, he delivers the occasional People’s Elbow, but did you know that Dwayne Johnson can sing? A lot of actors who do turns in Disney animated features manage to weasel out of this, but The Rock is taking it head on and it’s not bad. The new song, along with the majority of the soundtrack was composed by ‘Hamilton’ Creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
For me, what makes me the happiest about watching this clip is that it sort of reminds me of the opening from Hercules. It’s nice to see Disney embracing the value of 2-D animation, even if it’s just on the tattoos of their new characters.
For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest 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.