ByJack Carr, writer at
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Jack Carr

If you feel like Disney movies have been a little too white bread for a few too many decades now, you finally have something truly different to look forward to. The studio just dropped the latest trailer for Moana, and beyond the fact that it looks like another brilliant effort, the movie looks like a majorly positive step in the diversity stakes.

The story of Moana in a nutshell: Moana (played by Hawaiian-born American Auli'i Cravalho), determined to save her people, sets sail in search of an ancient, mythical Pacific Island, assisted on her travels by the legendary demi-god Maui (that's The Rock, or Dwayne Johnson if you prefer). Like Frozen without the snow (or the songs that refuse to die), Moana appears to have all the ingredients of a truly joyous Disney adventure for a generation who no longer need all of their princesses to be white, or sprinting toward the alter.

Check out the new trailer in all of its sea-soaked glory below.

Is it even possible to go wrong with a trailer that features a wisecracking chicken and a weapon-wielding tribe of humanoid coconuts? Eventually, Moana and Maui reach the "realm of monsters," which looks a bit like Azkaban without the Dementors.

Starring alongside Johnson and Cravalho is Nicole Scherzinger as Sina, mother of Moana, but really this looks like a two-man show. Moana arrives November 23 in the US, handily in time for Thanksgiving, so if you're sick of bad family banter, an escape to the theater could be the remedy.

Will Moana top Zootopia, Dory and The Secret Life of Pets as the year's funniest animated movie?


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