Sing-along with Maui? Kiwi audiences will have to wait

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Kiwi audiences may have to lobby if they want to see a sing-a-long version of Moana on New Zealand screens.

While American audiences will be able to sing-along with Maui, Kiwi Moana fans will have to wait.

A Disney Theatrical spokeswoman says they currently have no plans to follow the US lead and bring a sing-along version of the hit film to New Zealand cinemas.

Disney America announced on Wednesday that the interactive take, featuring on-screen lyrics, will begin playing at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood from January 20, followed by a nationwide rollout on January 27.

Moana has already amassed nearly $4.5m at the New Zealand box office.
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Moana has already amassed nearly $4.5m at the New Zealand box office.

A sing-a-long version of Frozen received limited screenings in New Zealand.

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Nominated for both a Golden Globe and Bafta for best animated feature, the Polynesian-influenced Moana features the vocal talents of Kiwi actors like Temuera Morrison, Rachel House and Oscar Kightley, with Opetia Foa'i contributing to the soundtrack.

It has so far amassed more than US$450m worldwide, including almost NZ$4.5m on our shores.

Meanwhile, a tentative date of April 26 has been listed for the film's debut on home entertainment formats here.

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