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'Moana' trailer shows Polynesian setting: Will it be Disney's new hit?

A trailer has arrived for the upcoming Disney animated film 'Moana,' which stars Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, and Phillipa Soo. The movie will be released this November.

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Studio Disney has released a trailer for their upcoming animated movie “Moana,” which stars Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Alan Tudyk, and Phillipa Soo. 

“Moana” centers on a young girl who decides to look for a mysterious island and who is accompanied on this journey by the demigod Maui.

One of the people working on the music for the film is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote, composed, and stars in the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.”

Always a well-known name in the world of animation, Disney is currently coming off a string of smash hits, with the most recent being this year’s film “Zootopia.” The movie, which told the story of a rabbit police officer and fox criminal who must combine forces, was well-received by critics and is currently the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year domestically.

Other recent successes by the studio include the 2014 film “Big Hero 6,” 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” and in particular 2013’s “Frozen,” which is now the highest-grossing animated movie of all time internationally. 

“Moana” looks like it could be another financial success for Disney with its Thanksgiving release date – apart from “Zootopia,” that’s when the studio’s past several movies have been released and Thanksgiving is usually seen as a time when a film aimed at all ages has a good chance of succeeding if it also receives positive reviews or has built-in awareness, as the name Disney does. (This will also be the first November in a few years that a new “Hunger Games” film has not been released, which leaves room for another film to dominate the Thanksgiving weekend. The “Hunger” series concluded this past Thanksgiving.) 

“Moana” also represents a move into new geographical territory for Disney. While the studio has stated in the past that its protagonists do not come from real-world areas, Moana is the first main character who hails from a Disney locale that is based on Polynesia. 

“Moana” is scheduled to come to theaters this November.

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