The international trailer for Pixar’s latest film Moana is online and shows some very promising plot details. The trailer shows our protagonist Moana ‘meeting’ the ocean for the first time as a toddler.
Director Ron Clements explained the importance of the scene at Disney D23 Expo last year, when the footage first aired. Whilst in the South Pacific for research, the crew noted that many of the locals personified the ocean. Instead of seeing it in purely elemental terms, many saw the ocean as “a person or a friend.”
Thus, the encounter with the ocean is visualized as a sort of conversation. Through simple gestures and actions, the water ‘plays’ with our young hero. Given Moana’s status as a navigator, it is rather fitting that she should be on such good terms with the ocean. In an especially heartwarming moment, the ocean places Moana’s flower back on her head and pushes her safely to the shore. The body of water even takes the time to wave goodbye before the little girl leaves. Moana will star Auli’i Cravalho in the titular role alongside Dwayne Johnson as the heroic demi-god Maui. This, combined with the writing talent of Clements and John Musker (both of whom worked on such projects as Aladdin, Hercules and Treasure Planet) and Taika Waititi, seems to promise a solid Disney classic.
The film is slated for a November 23rd 2016 release.