First Look: Meet Disney's New Princess Moana from the Movie 'Moana'
Meet the next, new Disney princess - Moana! Yes, that's how they're billing her already as revealed in People today, with a first look at the character as animated in the Moana movie and an introduction to the young 14-year-old Hawaiian actress voicing her - Auli'i Cravalho. This is Disney's 56th animated feature film, being directed by renowned filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), coming to theaters late in 2016. This is the big reveal about the actress voicing the character, and they even include a video of her being told she's getting the gig. To save you time, there's no footage in the video, the first look sketches + image below are the most there is for now. We'll keep an eye out for any more updates.
From People: "Moana is such an amazing character," says Cravalho, who lives in the town of Mililani with her mother, Puanani. "She's brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she's not afraid to get it, and I think that's something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way." Auli'i Cravalho is starring as Moana, alongside Dwayne Johnson voicing the demigod Maui, who Moana encounters on her adventure.
Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a long line of navigators she sets off for a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which it hides, all the while learning what the power love between friends can accomplish. Renowned filmmakers Ron Clements & John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) are directing the CG-animated comedy-adventure. Clements & Musker's last three animated films include The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet and Hercules after the original era of Aladdin and Little Mermaid. Disney will be releasing Clements & Musker's Moana in theaters starting Thanksgiving week, on November 23rd, 2016.