A young woman, chosen by the sea sets out to find legendary demigod Maui. Sorry that’s Maui, shapeshifter, demigod of the wind and sea (and hero of men) to help protect her home against the great danger that is coming.
There are several symptomatic features of a traditional Disney film, family (although Moana seems to have a full set of parents), she’s spunky and she has a ridiculously cute animal friend (voiced by Alan Tudyk)
Dwayne Johnson takes up the helm of Maui, a funny and albeit pretty quirky demigod he and Moana don’t get on immediately.
Even in the trailer the real stand out for the movie is definitely going to be Auli’i Cravalho, the wily and fearless voice behind Moana, a driving force within the film and no doubt a le model for all the girls who want to be Moana growing up.