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First Look: Meet Disney's New Princess Moana from the Movie 'Moana'

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October 7, 2015
Source: People

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.

Disney's Moana - First Look

Disney's Moana - First Look

Disney's Moana - First Look

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.

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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments

1

Is that Lilo all grown up?

TXSteadyEddie on Oct 7, 2015

2

Looks the same as every other Disney character.

eurogibbon on Oct 7, 2015

3

Please, no songs.

leemoder on Oct 7, 2015

4

Wouldn't be a Disney movie without songs. Although Big Hero 6 worked without them. A princess movie is sure to have them though.

David Diaz on Oct 7, 2015

5

Its actually a musical. Written by the one, the ONLY Lin Manuel Miranda. Please look him up if you don't know who he is.

tirakellci on Oct 26, 2015

6

jesus dude, pic a better thumbnail. my first thought was we were getting some 500lb beast of a Disney princess

davidshaw on Oct 7, 2015

7

watch the blasphemy!

Big Harry Cox on Oct 7, 2015

8

I thought the same thing! LOL. Not that there would be anything wrong with a "plus-sized" princess but that warrior is Hulk-sized.

David Diaz on Oct 7, 2015

9

I wish she was a beastly woman. Not all "strong" females look like pixies.

TheOct8pus on Oct 7, 2015

10

there is something wrong with "plus-sized". It's both unattractive and unhealthy.

poooooooooooooooooooooooooop on Oct 8, 2015

11

Hahaha it was a joke! I hope I made you laugh at least.

Alex Billington on Oct 7, 2015

12

I was HOPING for that!! I'm kinda disappointed that the new Disney princess is cute and petite like every other princess. I thought we were getting a plus sized, tattooed woman....

TheOct8pus on Oct 7, 2015

13

Uh oh, people are going to be "outraged" and "offended" portraying a Samoan like that!!

Big Harry Cox on Oct 7, 2015

14

"her mother, Puanani" ... this is incredibly close to a naughty word. Remove the first "u" and *don't* Google what's left!

brian t on Oct 7, 2015

15

I *didn't* google the word, so I *don't* know that the Hawaiian name Puanani means "beautiful flower." Not everything is a slang term.

ik on Oct 9, 2015

16

This looks okay. Not amazing. I wish it was being "drawn" and not computer generated. It could have been really something special. Not saying it won't be, obviously, but that hand drawn look just is something special.

DAVIDPD on Oct 7, 2015

17

This looks promising. I have been a fan of what Disney have done in terms of animation for a long time. Frozen was awesome and this looks like a great way to introduce kids to multiculturalism and diversity.

TK on Oct 7, 2015

18

yeah because the majority of the world isnt familiar with multiculturalism and diversity.. News flash you brain dead libtard moron...just beacuse a story doesn't involve white people doesn't make it some sort of PC statement. This isn't even the first disney movie to do this.

poooooooooooooooooooooooooop on Oct 8, 2015

19

Its not about being PC you idiot troll. It just so happens that I come from the islands that Moana takes inspiration from. Not many people out there no about our cultures in the pacific. Please go troll somewhere else. Just because you are familiar with something doesn't mean you accept it.

TK on Oct 8, 2015

20

Not everyone is as close minded and clueless as you are. Troll? Maybe. Better than being a moron. Just another brainwashed minority.

poooooooooooooooooooooooooop on Oct 8, 2015

21

Good luck with that 🙂 and have a nice day. Aloha, Talofa, Malo e lelei.

TK on Oct 8, 2015

22

Who's the creep crushing on an animated character? maybe me maybe

C.A. Hall on Oct 8, 2015

23

Looks cliche to me ... Native Hawaiians wearing luau skirts and tribal tattoos is little over doing it.. No? Anyone agree, its like Native Americans all wore feathers and headdresses, plus the story is going to be either about a Volcano or include a Volcano, some kind of pet lizard and some kind of cursed necklace effecting the villagers on the island ... and the climax of the movie will be during a thunderstorm or hurricane.

shane willett on Oct 8, 2015

24

Polynesians, technically. Native-Hawaiians (or 'Kanaka Maoli', in the native tongue), also belong to the same general ethnic-group.

Mark Brackney on Oct 10, 2015

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