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Disney’s ‘Moana’ Heroine Doesn’t Have a Love Interest

The animated movie due out this fall won't won't rely on a romance sub-plot to captivate audiences.

Moana

“Moana”

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One of Disney’s most anticipated movies is breaking with tradition by featuring a heroine who doesn’t have a love interest. “Moana,” the animated feature film about a 16-year-old girl in the South Pacific 2,000 years ago, is an inspiring story that won’t rely on a romance sub-plot to captivate audiences.

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Here’s the official synopsis: 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 Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-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.

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Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid”), “Moana” features songs by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film doesn’t hit theaters until November 23rd, but attendees at Comic Con on Thursday got a sneak peak at several clips during a discussion with the creative team behind the film.

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