Now You Can Watch (and Rewatch, and Rewatch) the Full Scene of Moana‘s “How Far I’ll Go”

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Have you seen Moana yet? Even if you haven’t, you’ll likely enjoy this early scene from the movie featuring Auli’i Cravalho’s beautiful vocals in “How Far I’ll Go,” the title character’s song about longing for adventure.

We already heard one version of this song long before the movie came out, but with a very different orchestral arrangement and a different singer. That previous version, sung by Canadian singer Alessia Cara, is also fantastic and got used during the credits of Moana. But, of course, the version in the movie sung by Moana herself is a very special experience!

As I explained when Alessia Cara’s version came out, this is a classic “I Want” song, which is a specific genre of song made famous by Disney princess movies in particular. One of the most famous examples is The Little Mermaid‘s “Part of Your World,” which might seem like the opposite of Moana’s song, since it’s about wanting to leave the sea—but the similarity of wanting to explore unknown territory is similar. “Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas is another example; that song also shares some very obvious boat-themed parallels with “How Far I’ll Go”.

The “I Want” song from any musical tends to be one of the most beloved and most-recorded songs by other singers, and in this case, I think “How Far I’ll Go” will definitely end up being a favorite for Moana fans. I expect to see tons of “How Far I’ll Go” cover videos popping up all over YouTube soon! It’s great that Disney made the full scene from the movie available to all of us online today, particularly for those of you who might still need some convincing to go check out the movie.

(via Coming Soon, image via screencap)

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