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Disney's 'Moana' Unveils New Characters, Voice Actors

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ "Moana" announced a slew of new voice actors today including Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk. They join Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho in the Disney film, which opens this Thanksgiving holiday.

Director John Musker said "Our assembled voice cast for this film is beyond our wildest dreams. We are so fortunate to have this group of talented actors, many from Oceania, breathing life into their characters." Co-director Ron Clements said, "We are so thankful to have found such extraordinary people who not only capture the voices of these characters, they elevate them in every way."

Jemaine Clement voices Tamatoa, a giant crab who lives in the monster realm of Lalotai.

Rachel House voices Gramma Tala, Moana’s confidante and best friend, who shares her granddaughter’s special connection to the ocean.

Temuera Morrison voices Chief Tui, Moana’s father and leader of the people of Motunui Island. Chief Tui wants Moana to one day lead her people, but fears her draw to the ocean and the world that lies beyond their reef. Nicole Scherzinger voices Moana’s mother, Sina, who always has her daughter’s back. Playful, sharp and strong-willed, Sina appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water, but also wants to protect her daughter from the fabled dangers beyond the reef.

Lastly, Alan Tudyk voices the village idiot rooster Heihe, who becomes a stow-away on Moana's journey.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

"Moana" is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess & the Frog,") and opens in theaters November 23.

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