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Disney’s first Polynesian princess makes her debut in the trailer for ‘Moana’

We can't wait to see more of Disney's new princess hero!


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Jun 13, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 3:15 pm CDT

Disney‘s first Polynesian princess has finally made her debut, introduced in the teaser trailer for Moana.

Announced in 2014, Moana is a fantasy tale about a young Polynesian navigator (Moana, obviously) who sets out to meet the demi-god Maui, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like a fun addition to Disney’s catalog of animated musicals, directed by the creative team behind Hercules, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Frog.

The first teaser focuses on Johnson’s character, probably because he’s the most famous person in the cast. Moana herself is voiced by 15-year-old Auli’i Cravalho, who was selected during Disney’s open casting process for the role. 

Featuring music from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, there’s more than enough to get excited about in this movie. And if you’re already impatient to see it in November, just imagine being one of the fans who was already working on Moana fanart all the way back in January 2014.

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*First Published: Jun 13, 2016, 8:33 am CDT