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Disney Is Bringing Us Their First Polynesian Princess

Slowly but surely, Disney is increasing its diversity game. A few years ago, we got the first Black Disney princess with Tiana in the animated film, The Princess and the Frog, and this year, we’ll be introduced to the first Polynesian princess in the animated feature, Moana

The film is being brought to us by the same team who gave us classics such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. It tells the story of a 16-year-old girl named Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) who goes on a mission complete the unfinished quest of her ancestors.

Accompanying her is pet pig Pua and a demigod who used to be mighty, named Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). They all travel the ocean floor on a journey of self-discovery.

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For many cultures in the Pacific, Maui is legendary and he shows Moana his “mighty, magical fishhook” he uses to slow down the Sun and pull up the islands from the ocean’s floor.

Also featured in the film is the Pacific Ocean which acts as a character all by itself.

The film’s musical score features songs from “Hamilton” creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Moana will hit theaters  on Thanksgiving, November 23, 2016.

Watch the teaser trailer below.

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Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.