Walt Disney Animations Studios will be releasing a Hawaiian language version of its latest heroine animated film Moana. Voice of the English version, Auli’i Cravalho, will be reprising her role as the lead heroine in this version.
Cravahlo, who is a native Hawaiian, is honored and humbled to be able to act and sing in the Hawaiian language. “I am so deeply proud of my Hawaiian roots,” Cravalho stated. “To perform the role of Moana, acting and singing in the Hawaiian language, is so deeply humbling and exciting. I can’t wait to work with the talented language experts who will help bring this version to life.”
The Hawaiian language version will be created by the University of Hawaii in collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios.
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Moana producer Osnat Shurer shared, “We are so thrilled that we have the opportunity to make a Hawaiian version of the film, especially with the incredible Auli’i. To now make a Hawaiian language version, after recently collaborating on Tahitian and Te Reo Maori language versions, goes beyond any dreams we had for the film’s impact within communities that deeply inspired the movie.”
Additionally, casting for actors to play roles for the Hawaiian language version is currently ongoing. It is led by Rachel Sutton.
Moana was first released by Walt Disney Animation Studios in the U. S. on November 23, 2016.
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