‘Moana’ Images from Disney’s D23 Reveal Dwayne Johnson’s Character

     August 17, 2015

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One of the more impressive projects to come out of Disney’s D23 Expo this past weekend was Moana, the animated epic set in the South Pacific. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements with Dwayne Johnson and Alan Tudyk on board to voice characters, Moana centers on a rather capable teenage girl who sails out on a quest to prove herself to be a master navigator and seafarer. On the way, she meets the demi-god Maui (Johnson) who accompanies her on her journey across the open ocean.

While we’ve previously seen some title images and early concept art for the film, Disney has released new looks at the characters and environment of Moana, courtesy of their D23 Expo. In addition to new views of the title character and her family, we also get a glimpse of the film’s antagonist, and a first look at Johnson’s tattoo-covered Maui.

Hat tip to /Film for bringing these images to our attention. Be sure to catch up on what we learned about Moana from D23. Then, take a look at the concept art images from Disney’s D23 Expo presentation of Moana below:


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Johnson lends his voice to the mythical figure Maui, shown above. Covered in moving tattoos and wielding a massive fishhook, the strong, powerful and determined character who was born human and raised by Gods has shape-shifting abilities.

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Like most Disney stories, the title character’s family will be at the heart of Moana. Shown above are her father and chief, Tui, along with Moana and her grandmother. Also like most Disney stories, expect tragedy to befall our protagonist early on.

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If you thought this volcanic-skinned land spirit looks like a perfect antagonist, you wouldn’t be far off.


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Some of the footage shown during D23 featured Moana as a toddler playing in the ocean, which interacts with her so that she can collect shells. We later see a teenage Moana staring out at that very same ocean, showing the bond the girl shares with the vast open water and hinting at just how important it will be to the story.

Moana is due out in theaters on November 23, 2016.

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