From a purely statistical perspective, chances are strong that Dwayne Johnson is better looking than you, more charming than you, and harder working than you. It’s true of me and it’s probably true of you. Sorry, but this is reality we’re dealing with here. But there is one lingering question that Disney’s upcoming film Moana looks to answer: can Dwayne Johnson carry a tune more effectively than you? Thanks to a new clip from the film, we can start to answer that question.
Before we get to the clip, let’s refer to this piece by our own Angie Han, who was able to watch five scenes from the film and shared the details. She wrote about the lead-up to the song we’re about to see:
Animator Jorgue Ruiz explained to us that the scene takes place after Moana and Maui have been caught in a storm, only to wash up on a mysterious island. It’s daylight, and Moana hears someone approaching. She realizes it’s Maui, so she grabs Hei Hei, ducks behind her boat, and begins to practice her pitch to him.
Maui appears and spots the boat. “A boat, a boat! The gods have given me a boat!” He picks up the boat and sees Moana and Hei Hei underneath it. He’s so startled he drops the boat. When he picks it up again, he sees Hei Hei buried up to his neck in the sand, but Moana has disappeared.
And at some point, Maui starts bragging about his accomplishments through song (with music and lyrics written by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Hamilton creator/legitimate genius Lin-Manuel Miranda):
My first reaction is that Johnson’s singing voice is fine. I wouldn’t want to listen to him record an album, but it has the right energy for the character. He may not be a natural singer, but he’s charismatic enough to fake it, and that may be more than sufficient in this case.
Moana opens on November 23, 2016, and is directed by Disney veterans Ron Clements and John Musker.
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