Disney previews its new princess - Moana
22 August 2015
The next Disney princess is set to travel on a voyage of self-discovery and will be arriving next year.Disney hopes their Polynesian princess is going to become as popular as the Snow Queen-inspired duo.
Moana's movie isn't scheduled to debut until late 2016, but Disney recently shared details at its industry expo in Anaheim. Here's what we know about her.
1. She's Polynesian! Although she's not the first Disney princess to break free from the traditional fair-skinned mold (like Mulan, Tiana or the upcoming television series about Princess Elena of Avalor), she is the first Polynesian princess.
2. She's got some sailing chops. Moana has a great navigational ability, which she uses to set sail on a journey and find a legendary island in the region of Oceania.
3. Her company are some cute friends. On the journey she will be joined by her pet pig - Pua, and Hei Hei - the rooster. Like Olaf in "Frozen" and Dory in "Finding Nemo," we'll count on them for assistance and comedic relief as Moana meets the evildoers who would stop her from succeeding.
4. The Rock will be her rock. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been cast as the demigod Maui, who was born human but was raised by gods. "According to Entertainment Weekly, Johnson emotionally shared with the audience at the Disney: "This is my heritage," "I am proudly half-Samoan and half-black."
5. The Rock will also sing. Johnson will share his voice with all ages, Billboard reports. 'Nuff said.