#MediaGirlReviews: Disney’s Moana

The first Disney film I ever watched was The Lion King on video tape and I’ve been hooked on Disney films ever since.

While Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new CG-animated feature film “Moana” is not the greatest Disney film I’ve ever seen it was an enjoyable film with the kind of heart-warming message I’d like my younger sisters to take home.

Moana is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to become a wayfinder, save her people and discover her own identity.

The story begins in Moana’s small island village where for centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania.

But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why… 

Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, the an adventurous teenager is inspired (in true Disney fashion – by a tragic event) to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. 

Voiced by newcomer and Hawaii native Auliʻi Cravalho, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her.

Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. 

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (who’ve worked on projects such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, Moana opened in S.A. theaters on 2 Decemeber, 2016.

Movie details:
Genre: Animated Comedy/Adventure
Rating: TBC
TRT: 1:47:02
S.A. Release Date:   Dec. 2, 2016
Voice Cast: Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk.  
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Producer: Osnat Shurer

 

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