Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Disney Unveils 'Moana' Characters and Cast
More information has continued to emerge, much of it from the recent ComicCon panel- such as the revelation that in a departure from the traditional formula Moana will not have a love interest in the film.
The studio has now released information on the voice cast, and a whole set of character posters showcasing the characters they will be portraying. A few big names aside, it is very noticeable that Disney has being seemingly going out of its ways to cast actors of the correct ethnicity. No whitewashing here.
The two members of the cast we already knew were Moana herself- voiced by newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and Maui, voiced by the one and only Dwayne Johnson. Joining them will be Temuera Morrison and Nicole Scherzinger as Moana's parents, and New Zealand actor Rachel House as Gramma Tala.
The villain of the piece is a 50 foot crab, voiced by Flight Of The Conchords' Jermaine Clement. Rounding out the cast Alan Tudyk (who is rapidly becoming to WDAS what John Ratzenberger was to Pixar) will be playing "dumb rooster" Heihei.
Also featuring in the posters (but with apparently non vocal roles), are Moana's adorable pet pig Pua, and a band of marauding miniature pirates called the Kakamora. Check out the full set of posters below!
Moana will arrive in cinemas in the US November 23rd and in the UK December 2nd 2016.
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.