The Wonderful World of Disney gained quite a few new fans Wednesday night when ABC aired 2016's Moana, the already beloved animated flick starring Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The event also served as the official kickoff for a new four-week run of Disney films airing weekly on the network, including Big Hero 6, Up and Thor: The Dark World.
Despite the fact that Moana was incredibly successful upon its 2016 release, and still sports an impressive 95 percent on RottenTomatoes, it's not necessarily the first option that comes to mind when one conjures Disney classics. After Wednesday night, however, viewers ended up with a whole new appreciation for the story of the eponymous Moana (Cravalho) and her quest to track down the demigod Maui (Johnson). Cravalho and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda live-tweeted the entire time, and were joined by all sorts of guests who worked on the film, including the man sometimes known as "The Rock."
Of course, the behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew made the Twitter conversation that much livelier, with both new converts and longtime devotees. Here's a small sampling of what was said.
I am so ashamed, to confess that I just saw Moana for the VERY FIRST TIME. My eyes hurt from crying so much. I'm gonna buy the DVD as soon as I tweet this!#Moana— neconeco (@thebonelessneco) May 21, 2020
Just watched Moana for the first time.
It’s way better than I expected it to be. Really enjoyed it! pic.twitter.com/SW8gR53Wva— Liam (@AceTrainerLiam) May 16, 2020
moana on tv and im watching for the first time and i can already tell my bitch ass is gonna cry— raymond in grave (@starfallblade) May 21, 2020
moana's grandma's spirit just started singing to moana and i have to go cry and rock for a bit pic.twitter.com/XCB83xz0u8— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) May 21, 2020
i just cried nonstop through the first 15 minutes of moana what does that mean— rupaul’s fracking race (@sbtaxman) May 21, 2020
@auliicravalho watching Moana tonight with my grandma for the first time, aka I’m crying extra hard— Christina (@teenygiraffe) May 21, 2020
Moana is such a beautiful movie. And How Far I'll Go is on the short list of all time great Disney songs. And I'm gonna say it...... it's better than Let It Go. pic.twitter.com/SA8mR5IUhV— Aye throw that Boyz II Men on (@DragonflyJonez) May 21, 2020
My mom cries every time Moana makes it back home to Motunui. Tonight is no exception!!!! ❤️#TheWonderfulWorldOfDisney— Auli'i Cravalho (@auliicravalho) May 21, 2020