Disney’s animated film “Moana” opened last week as one of the year’s best-reviewed animated films and a strong Oscar candidate for Best Animated Feature, and now it’s a six-time nominee at the Annie Awards. Among the raves for the film include the acclaimed song “You’re Welcome” featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Watch the entire clip above.
“You’re Welcome” is Maui’s (Johnson) tongue-in-cheek, bouncy song in which he explains all about being a demigod to young Moana (Cravalho), the teenage daughter of the chief of Motunui Island in the Pacific who sets sail to help save her tribe. Miranda has co-written several of the songs for the animated film, including “How Far I’ll Go,” the ongoing theme about Moana’s desires.
“The Disney movie that first transported me was ‘The Little Mermaid,’” Miranda told Gold Derby earlier this month. “I saw that movie right when I needed to. It came out when I was nine years old. I remember Sebastian the crab breaking into a calypso number in the middle of this Disney movie, and my life has never been the same since.” The fact that both “The Little Mermaid” and “Moana” are directed by the same two men, Ron Clements and John Musker, was a major factor for Miranda to join the project.
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