HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The international trailer for Disney's highly anticipated animated film, "Moana", was released this week, and it features a never-before-seen glimpse at the title character.
The U.S. trailer, released several weeks ago, focuses primarily on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's character, the demigod Maui. But this new trailer shines the spotlight on Moana herself.
It follows a young girl, no more than a couple years old, playing happily with the ocean. In turn, the ocean is personified in that special Disney way, as it dotes on young Moana near the shore.
The film tells the story of Moana, a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. She sets off on an epic journey across the ocean, with the help of Maui, after learning that her family needs her help.
The Polynesian princess is voiced by Mililani, Oahu teen Aulii Cravalho, a student at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama and a soprano in the acclaimed Kamehameha Concert Glee Club.
The filmmakers are the same team behind "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin". John Musker and Ron Clements said they made several trips to Hawaii when planning the film, seeking insight into how growing up surrounded by an ocean affects a person's point of view.
"Moana" is slated to hit theaters nationwide on Nov. 23, 2016.