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First Animated Footage Of Disney’s ‘Moana’ Released, Sneak Preview Shows Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Character

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Is there any news more exciting than a new Disney movie? And if that sort of news doesn’t excite you—then you’re in dire need of some magical pixie dust, my friend.

Anyway, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for more information on Disney’s upcoming animated flick Moana ever since it was announced a few years ago, and then teased during 2015’s D23 Expo over the summer. A few months ago, our excitement was ignited once more when the lead voiceover actress for the movie’s titular character was announced: 14-year-old Hawaii native and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, an Oahu high-school student who is real-life Disney princess status adorable.

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This weekend, an official sneak peek featuring animated footage from Moana aired on the Disney Channel. While there are only a few seconds of actual animation interspersed with concept art and character designs, the footage definitely succeeds at hyping us up for the film, revealing lush landscapes, bright, fluid designs, adorable sidekick animals, and energetic animation that seems to be a cross between Aladdin, Frozen, and Lilo and Stitch.

The clip also gives a fun sneak peek at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character Maui, a “larger-than-life” demigod who joins spirited Moana on her journey. The animation on big, boisterous Maui is super fun and high energy, and we can totally see why former WWE wrestler and Hollywood action star The Rock was cast as the lovable character.

Moana is set to hit theaters on November 23, 2016, and we couldn’t be more stoked. More Disney movies with strong, racially inclusive women lead characters, please!

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