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D23 Expo 2015: “Moana” takes Disney fans on an emotional journey with clip, musical performance
Posted on August 14, 2015 by Rick Brigante, Inside the Magic

Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Disney’s upcoming animated film “Moana,” hit the stage at D23 Expo 2015 today as part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios presentation

Renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), and producer Osnat Shurer shared early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s music.

The musical team for the movie will be Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda with Opetaia performing songs for the movie with his musical group Te Vaka.

Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Tarzan” “The Lion King”), and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) are working together to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder.

Following a tear-jerking clip from the film, Foa’i performed a bit of the movie’s music.

The official synopsis is that Moana (pronounced Mo-Ah-Na) “introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage.”

MOANA sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

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