I was fortunate to be invited to see an early screening of the new Disney Animation Moana last night. This film is everything you want a Disney movie to be – fun, creative, uplifting and adventurous. In fact, the lead character, Moana, is so inspiring with her passion, strength and desire to help her people that I’m thinking she should be a candidate for our next Presidential election!
Moana’s story begins on her home island in the Pacific where her family and all her people live. Here father is the the King, and while life is happy on the island, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) feels a calling to explore the great ocean beyond the reef – which is strongly forbidden. As Moana grows and becomes a teenager, this desire to explore the world grows stronger, too. As problems with life on the island begin, Moana is encouraged by her Grandmother to follow her passion to sail away on a daring mission to save her people.
During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.
Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” this movie will take you on an ocean adventure full of excitement, laughs and beautiful music.
Be sure to stay to the absolute very end of the credits for a final little laugh linked to another animated Disney ocean adventure!
Moana Official Trailer
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MOANA arrives in theatres everywhere November 23rd!
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