This is just a teaser trailer for Moana, but Disney’s new Pacific Islander Princess doesn’t have much of a role in it.
Many company members will see their contracts for the show expire on July 9, and who will stay and who will renew is mostly up in the air. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo has been with the show since it debuted in February of 2015 at the Public. Also like him, she’s outta there.
Disney’s newest princess Moana has found a voice in a young girl from Oahu named Auli’i Cravalho. The high school freshmen is about to make history as the first Polynesian royal in the pantheon alongside stories of Snow White, Princess Jasmine and Princess Tiana.
Disney has dropped new info about their next major animated project—Moana, about a teenaged Polynesian girl who sets out for adventure on the high seas. Due to hit theaters in 2016, I hope it inspires a Frozen-style craze for marine biology among kids.
Disney has a new princess in the works and her name is Moana Waialiki. She will be a young Polynesian sea-voyager and navigator who heads out on a journey to save her family, will probably overcome something dangerous and ultimately be awesome. It's our first Polynesian princess — this is very exciting.