The islands of Polynesia are rarely featured in films, tv, or general entertainment, and many (including myself) don’t know much about the rich history the islands have. The islands traveled amongst each other, but for a period of time, they stopped and no one knows why. Disney decided to mold the truth with a bit of fiction and have their character Moana be the one to reunite the islands together.
In their film, the daughter of a chief tribe Moana (Newcomer Cravalho) is sent on a journey across the seas to reunite the heart of Tahiti. With the ocean helping her she comes across Maui (Johnson) the charismatic demigod to help her on the Journey.
In this interview, go behind the scenes of the recording process with directors John Musker and Ron Clements discuss what they learned on their research trips to the different islands, Auli’i Cravalho talks about how she and other can relate to her character Moana, songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda says what it was like to write songs and work on a Disney film, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tells us how he relates to Maui, as well as what he hopes people learn about his people, as well as family and a sense of belonging.
Moana releases next Wednesday, November 23, 2016.