Johnson debuted the song on his Instagram account, where he revealed that he collaborated on the track with none other than "Hamilton" mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda (who's co-writing the movie's songs along with composer Mark Mancina and Pacific songwriter Opetaia Foa'i). According to Entertainment Weekly, it's the first song Maui sings in the movie, as he introduces himself to Moana (voiced by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho), and as the name of the track ("You're Welcome") implies, the demigod is all too happy to explain to the young woman why she should be grateful for his help.
We just doin' a little sanging over here or as we say in the streets, "I'm spittin' that fire bruh!"????????. A blast collaborating with the musical genius himself and my Puerto Rican twin Lin-Manuel Miranda. Too much fun! #YoureWelcome #MoanaMondays ????????
The tune serves two main purposes, both helping to fill in some backstory for the character, while also setting up his and Moana's dynamic going forward: The South Pacific princess is skeptical of the demigod's bluster, to say the least, and can more than hold her own alongside his formidable presence. And it helps that the song already seems to fit in so well alongside other classics from the Disney vault, catchy and humorous in equal measure.
Based on this first listen, we're excited to hear more from the "Moana" songwriting team. The flick hits theaters on November 23.
[via: The Rock, h/t Entertainment Weekly]
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An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. Read More