Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wants to introduce you to a new character from his upcoming animated film Moana. The character is named Mini-Maui, after Johnson’s demigod character Maui, and he’s a tattoo — an animated tattoo.
Please allow Johnson to explain further in this exclusive clip about the film.
“Get ready to meet Mini-Maui,” Johnson says in the 40-second clip, which features a few scenes of Maui (voiced by Johnson) talking to his mini-me-esque tattoo — which first appears on the left side of Maui’s broad chest, then on Maui’s bicep and is later flicked to his back. “This is no ordinary tattoo,” Johnson explains over the footage. “Mini-Maui is kind of like Maui’s voice of reason, motivating him to do the right thing.”
In recalling Mini-Maui’s guardian angel-like usefulness, Johnson starts fantasizing about having his own Mini-Dwayne tattoo in the clip, and the scenario plays out like a dream sequence in which an animated mini-Dwayne tattoo (cartoon-ized video footage of Johnson, teeny tiny-sized, acting like a mini-motivator) appears on Johnson’s bicep, yelling at him to get a move on.
“Come on, Dwayne! What’s taking you so long?!” yells Johnson-as-Mini-Dwayne. “You’ve got to get out of bed, let’s get after it! It’s me! You! It’s go time! Come on!”
Johnson, suddenly realizing this fantastical Mini-Me might not be as helpful as Mini-Maui’s, smacks his bicep to quiet the little guy and end the dream sequence.
Set 2,000 years ago in the South Pacific, the film follows the exploits of plucky teen Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho), who tracks down fallen demigod Maui (Johnson) in order to go on a quest and save her people.
Moana opens in theaters Nov. 23