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Animation will always have a special place in our hearts at Working Author, and Moana looks like one of the few bright spots in an otherwise mostly disappointing year for movies. When you have a good director working with good writers, animated features just work the way they should. It probably has something to do with how expensive it is to redo scenes that allows filmmakers to maintain their vision and creative control instead of being at the mercy of test audiences. Or maybe we’re completely wrong. What we do know is that Moana looks great and we can’t wait to see it!

About the Film

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.  From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.