Set Sail with Moana‘s Newest Trailer—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Mahalo! It’s a New Moana Trailer!

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana (directed by the legendary Ron Clements and John Musker) hits theaters this November and the excitement is palpable! (We seriously cannot wait to see this film, y’all.)

And luckily, our patience was just rewarded with a brand-new trailer—in which we meet brave, adventurous Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) and her unlikely new ally Maui (Dwayne Johnson). We also get a look at the insane (albeit somewhat adorable) kakamora and Moana’s hilarious rooster sidekick Heihei.

Mark those calendars—Moana sails into theaters on November 23!


Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
September 23
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Bill Sullivan
September 24
D23 Presents Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 45 Bewitching Years (Florida)
October 5
D23’s Sip & Scream
October 5
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience: A Midnight Soirée at the Tower of Terror
October 8
D23’s Age of Believing: 45 Years of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (California)
November 19–20
D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
September 23, 2016
Queen of Katwe opens in theaters
November 4, 2016
Doctor Strange opens in theaters
November 23, 2016
Moana opens in theaters
December 16, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters
September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30; October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort
September 23, 26, 28, 30
October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 31

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort
September 2–October 29 (Friday and Saturday Nights, plus October 31)
Club Villain, special ticketed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
September 14–November 14, 2016
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort
October 3
Milo Murphy’s Law premieres on Disney XD at 8 p.m. EDT

Emmy News: Regina King Wins for ABC’s American Crime

It’s that time of year when all your favorite TV stars descend on Los Angeles to celebrate their own… Just this past Sunday, the 68th Emmy® Awards were announced in a live telecast on ABC, hosted by the inimitable Jimmy Kimmel. And the great news? American Crime co-star Regina King was honored for the second consecutive year as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie! (Regina is also a graduate of Disney|ABC’s prestigious Directing Program, and has recently directed episodes of ABC’s Scandal and The Catch.)

In addition, several other ABC shows were honored at the Creative Arts Emmys, presented a week earlier on Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11. Dancing with the Stars took home the trophy for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series; Shark Tank was named Outstanding Structured Reality Program; and It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown! received the Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. Congrats to all the winners! Yay, television!


“Monstober” is Coming… This October on Disney Channel!

Ready for something a little bit scary… and a whole lotta fun? This October, “Monstober” returns to Disney Channel for a special month-long Halloween celebration—and it all begins Saturday, October 1! The spooktacular event includes Halloween-themed episodes of hit Disney Channel series; the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie The Swap; special short-form content premiering nightly as part of “Monstober Theater”; and the return of Mal-oween—which includes an encore performance of Disney’s Descendants and the second-season premiere of the animated shorts Descendants: Wicked World.

And that’s not all! (We know, right?!) The October lineup also includes a week-long premiere event of Best Friends Whenever, with new episodes airing Sunday, October 2, through Thursday, October 6 (9–9:30 p.m. EDT), and the big U.S. premiere of The Lodge, with five back-to-back episodes premiering nightly beginning Monday, October 17 at 5 p.m. EDT). It’s truly an embarrassment of Halloween-y riches, and it all kicks off in just a few weeks’ time. Time to bust out some candy corn and caramel apples!

Preview Scenes from Marvel’s Doctor Strange at Disney Parks

Marvel’s latest cinematic adventure, Doctor Strange, will conjure all kinds of magic in theaters later this year… but for those of you who want a sneak peek at the sorcerer, we’ve got great news: Beginning October 7, you’ll be able to preview scenes from Doctor Strange at Disney Parks on both coasts! At Disney California Adventure Park, the bewitching preview will be presented (in 3-D, with special in-theater effects!) at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land—while guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will get to see their sneak peek as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction. Plus, even before catching this special 10-minute preview, check out the film’s latest featurette, above…

Marvel’s Doctor Strange introduces audiences to world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who—in his quest for healing after a horrific car accident—discovers powerful magic in a mysterious place known as Kamar-Taj… and it just happens to be the front line of a battle against dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Look for the film in theaters on November 4!

25 Days of Christmas

The Countdown to Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Has Begun

We totally get it—it’s a little bit difficult to imagine all the fun of Christmas 2016 when we haven’t even made it to Halloween yet. But the jolliest of holidays is just under 100 days away… which means Freeform is already gearing up for its ever-popular, jingle-bell’d 25 Days of Christmas programming event!

It’s true; the home for more than two weeks of chockablock holiday-themed fun was christened with a new name since its last yuletide foray… but the network still has all of the same movies that Christmas fans have come to love, including Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, and much more.

Watch for 25 Days of Christmas to kick off on December 1. We’re readying our sleigh as we speak (it needs a bit of work from last season… ).