New ‘Moana’ Clip Features a Braggadocious Dwayne Johnson Singing a Lin-Manuel Miranda Tune
What’s the opposite of a humble brag? Just a regular obnoxious brag? That’s pretty much the point of “You’re Welcome,” a song performed by Dwayne Johnson in this new clip from Disney’s Moana. The scene features Johnson’s character, a charismatic demi-god named Maui, singing at the titular hero about his many accomplishments for which she should be grateful. As Danny McBride’s character on Vice Principals might say, it’s very braggadocious.
Okay, but can Dwayne Johnson actually sing? We know he can play the ukulele, and we know he’s talented at basically everything he does (which sort of makes him the male version of Meryl Streep — sans Oscars), but can The Rock carry a tune? Yes. Mostly. To be fair, it’s a cute song in a fun Disney animated musical, and one that doesn’t really require expert singing abilities. Johnson’s vocal skills are solid, but not mind-blowing.
That said, it’s still delightful, and it includes some interesting visuals with Maui’s tattoos dancing along to his song and illustrating the lyrics. “You’re Welcome” was co-written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda with Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, and features a catchy little rhyme scheme — one that you could easily imagine repurposed for a sing-a-long version with one of those little bouncy animated balls on the eventual home video release. Miranda’s involvement also gives us a sneak peek at what we might expect from his next musical collaboration at Disney, when he teams with Alan Menken on the live-action version of The Little Mermaid.
But before we get to that, Moana will be released in theaters on November 23.