Disney+ is releasing Moana in Te Reo Māori TONIGHT!

Publish Date
Friday, 26 June 2020, 1:00PM

Disney+ is set to release Moana Reo Māori from this Friday, 26th June. 

The Te Reo version of the hit Disney movie Moana was created by Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Tweedie Waititi and features Tokoroa local Jaedyn Randell as the voice behind Moana Motuliki. 

Māori Television's Te Kaea news anchor Piripi Taylor took on the voice of demigod Maui, whose voice is played by American wrestler turned actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the original.

Bringing the new version together has not been an easy feat and required three lecturers from the University of Auckland to translate the entire script in three weeks.

The film's iconic songs - including the catchy We Know The Way, written by Te Vaka's Opetaia Foa'i and American composer Lin-Manuel Miranda - have also been translated.

Disney+ is the streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. A subscription costs $9.99 per month (terms apply).

The film is set to be released on TONIGHT, Friday 26th June on Disney+.