Disney’s Moana roared to an impressive $82 million at the domestic box-office in its first five days — good for the second-best Thanksgiving weekend tally ever, trailing only Frozen’s $93.6 million holiday haul in 2013. That means a lot of you have already experienced the animated hit’s rollicking high-seas adventure, as well as the vocal stylings of its most prominent star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But if you haven’t? Well, you can now watch one of his biggest musical numbers right here.
In the clip above, Johnson croons “You’re Welcome,” which introduces his character Maui — a South Pacific demi-god — and explains his mythic back story, with the help of some vibrant animated tattoos. The rollicking song, co-written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, gleefully recalls “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin, both in its lyrical leapfrogging and its accompanying visual gags. While Johnson’s vocal abilities won’t ever be confused for, say, Michael Buble, his half-melodious, half-speaking performance gets over in a big way thanks to his boundless enthusiasm.
Maui is one of the most amusingly colorful Disney characters to hit the screen in years, and credit for that triumph goes in large part to the newly crowned People’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” who brings a requisite measure of larger-than-life personality — and essential likability — to his vocal stylings for the demi-god. Moana, and The Rock’s solid performance of “You’re Welcome,” is in theaters now.
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