The Moana movie is believed to be the next biggest animation movie of all time and could be bigger than the anticipated Frozen 2.
Both movies have female lead characters and offer great animation, comical scenes and touching moments that viewers will surely love. Moana, however, will provide the diversity that moviegoers are looking for.
Walt Disney Animation studio has released the list of cast members, and it definitely looks promising.
Newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho will voice the title character Moana, a teenager whose dream is to become a master wayfinder.
Dwayne Johnson (Central Intelligence, Fast and Furious 7) will voice Maui. The half god and half mortal Maui will help Moana in an adventure that will take her into the unknown and in deep waters.
Jemaine Clement (Despicable Me, Rio, Rio 2) lends his voice for the character Tamatoa, the conceited 50-foot crab that lives in the kingdom of the monsters, Lalotai. The self-absorbed crustacean wants to be more than just a bottom feeder and overcompensates for his perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things that shine.
Rachel House (Whale Rider, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) provides Gramma Tala’s voice. Moana’s grandmother is also her confidante and best friend with whom she shares her special connection to the ocean.
Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Once Were Warriors) voices Moana’s father Chief Tui. He is the well-respected leader of Motunui Island. Tui wants his daughter to follow his footsteps as leader of their people, but he also fears that Moana is drawn to the ocean and the world beyond their reef.
Nicole Scherzinger (West End’s Cats) voices Moana’s playful, sharp and strong-willed mother Sina. She appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water, but will also protect her daughter from the dangers beyond the reef.
TEMUERA MORRISON voices Moana’s father, CHIEF TUI, the gregarious and well-respected leader of the people of Motunui Island. NICOLE SCHERZINGER voices Moana’s mother, SINA, who always has her daughter’s back. Playful, sharp and strong-willed, Sina appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water, but also wants to protect her daughter from the fabled dangers beyond the reef. #Moana
Alan Tudyk (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6) will be the voice behind the character Heihei, the dumb rooster. When he accidentally stows away on Moana’s canoe, Heihei lands a front-row seat on her epic journey.
Other characters who will also appear in the Moana movie are the Kakamora, a group of coconut-armored pirates.
Pua, Moana’s pet pig, will also provide more laughter in the movie.
“Our assembled voice cast for this film is beyond our wildest dreams. We are so fortunate to have this group of talented actors, many from Oceania, breathing life into their characters,” Coming Soon quoted director John Musker saying.
Moana will hit theaters on November 23.