Moana – a Polynesian heroine

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She’s here! Moana is a new movie from Disney that the whole family will love! We’ve got the top 10 need-to-know facts on Moana so you’re up to speed when the movie premieres on Boxing Day!

  • An Oceania adventure from DisneyMoana is ‘Explorer. Wayfinder. A hero in the making’.  
  • From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana is a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. With the help of the once-mighty demi-god Maui (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson), they traverse the open ocean on a voyage that sees them encounter enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
  • Directors Ron Clements and John Musker (the duo behind ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’) spent time in the Pacific Islands to get a better understanding of the people, places, traditions and mythologies that would help form the inspiration for the Moana story, and help them tell that story respectfully. The film took five years to make.
  • It’s the film debut for 16-year-old Hawaiian, Auli’i Cravalho, who beat out hundreds of candidates from across the Pacific to win the role of Moana.
  • Moana will be the first feature film ever translated into the Tahitian language.
  • Moana features an original soundtrack, with songs written by Tony-award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda alongside Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i. Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock (Maui) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) both sing in the movie – and both are very impressive singers!
  • In collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios, Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled three Moana-themed Airbus A330 aircraft, each emblazoned with ‘Moana’ imagery! You can head to their website and track these very special planes as they make their voyages to the Hawaiian Islands and other Hawaiian Airlines destinations. Follow #SoaringWithDisneyMoana
  • GRAMMA TALA knows best! Always take Gramma Tala seriously!
  • Playful, loyal, and adorable – PUA the Pig!
  • HEIHEI  – clueless, problematic, poultry!

Disney Moana is released in Australia on Boxing Day (26 December 2016)


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