How do you celebrate Moana Monday? With not one but two newly released clips from Disney’s upcoming animated feature Moana! Now get ready to sail away with these two brand new sneak peeks. First get your first glimpse of how Moana first meets Maui and then sit back and listen to “You’re Welcome” which is brought to life by Dwayne Johnson, as the voice of Maui and was written for the film by Tony Award Winner & Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Moana original motion picture soundtrack features seven original songs and a full original score, plus two reprises as well as two end-credit versions of songs from the film. I defy you not to sing and dance along.
The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music includes Tony®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who counts among his credits Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton” and the Tony-winning “In the Heights.” The creative team also includes three-time Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan” and the Oscar®-winning “Training Day”) and Opetaia Foa‘i, the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, a winner of numerous world music awards.
IT’S ALL IN THE MUSIC-THE RHYTHM OF THE ISLANDS
As with any classic animated Disney movie, it is the music that becomes a part of you and will stay with you long after the final credits role and never is that more true than in the music of Moana. For the trio behind the film’s captivating score, Lin-Manuel Miranda (who signed onto the project long before Hamilton ever hit Broadway, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘I research again was instrumental (pun totally intended) and started out by attending the Pasifika Festival in Auckland, New Zealand. It was the first time that the musical team had actually come together not only with each other but with the filmmakers as well. The festival was a wonderful opportunity to experience the variety and joy of the music and the dances of the many Pacific Island cultures.
Among the many people they met, one meeting stood out -an elder on the island of Mo‘orea asked them something so simple and so revealing that it would not only stay with them, but would come to serve as one of the underlying themes for Moana: “For years, we have been swallowed by your culture,’ he said. ‘This one time, can you be swallowed by ours?’” If you’re anything like I was, the music will sweep you away and you will quickly be caught up in what so many of us already know “The Ocean Is Calling….”
The Moana soundtrack can be pre-ordered today HERE and a digital pre-order will be available Friday, Oct. 28th. The Moana original motion picture soundtrack features 14 tracks and will be available wherever music is sold and streamed on Nov. 18, 2016. The Moana two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which are also available Nov. 18, feature additional tracks including demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, like them on Facebook.com/ disneymusic , on Twitter.com/disneymusic and on Instagram.com/disneymusic/.
On November 23, get ready as Disney’s Moana sails into theaters and brings to life the story of the adventurous teenager Moana who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.
The story of Moana was inspired in part by the oral histories of the people and cultures of Oceania. Three thousand years ago, Polynesian voyagers, the greatest navigators in the world, voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering thousands of islands. But then, according to scholars, for approximately a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. Navigation is such a big part of Pacific culture and the ancient Polynesians found their way across the seas without the use of modern instruments, using their knowledge of nature, the stars, the waves and the currents.
It is said that the ocean doesn’t separate the islands, it connects them. Voyaging is a real source of pride for Pacific Islanders, a part of their identity. They were, and continue to be, some of the greatest explorers of all time. What they did was quite sophisticated, borderline miraculous.
There are many theories, but no one is certain, about what may have led to this 1,000- year gap in exploration; this sparked the filmmakers’ imaginations and led to the makings of Moana and now on November 23, get ready to set sail with Moana as she embarks on a journey that will see her sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana will fulfill the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
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DISNEY’S MOANA SETS SAIL NOVEMBER 23
“You may hear a voice inside. And if that voice starts to whisper to follow the farthest star … Moana, that voice inside is who you are.” ~ Gramma Tala, “Moana”