I have a confession to make. I can sing along to EVERY song on Disney’s Moana’s soundtrack. My boss downloaded it off iTunes and the kids we work with (kindergartners) request to listen to it EVERY DAY. They like to listen to it during playtime as well as nap/rest time.
My husband even likes a few of the songs from the soundtrack. After we saw the film in the theater he downloaded “How Far I’ll Go.” After we watched the film again he downloaded Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s song from the film, “You’re Welcome.”
Disney’s Moana is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
Moana stars the voice talents of newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, Temuera Morrison as Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Tui; Rachel House as Moana’s trusted Gramma Tala; and Nicole Scherzinger as Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina.
This film is AMAZING! I was in awe of it the first time I saw it. The story… the spectacular animation… the fun songs… it’s an all around great film.
Moana has always been attracted to the ocean, ever since she was a toddler. Something called her to the sea – even though her father, the chief, strictly forbid it. He said there is nothing but storms and dangers beyond their coral reef.
Moana was being groomed to take over the island one day as their new chief. Moana wanted to do what was right, and cared for her island’s people, but she couldn’t shake the feeling that the ocean was calling her.
With the help of her “crazy” grandmother, Moana learns that her people used to be sailors who’d travel the ocean looking for new lands. That all stopped after a demi-God named Maui stole a stone known as the “Heart of Te Fiti.” Ever since then bad things happen out in the sea, including a horrific fire/lava monster who wants nothing more than to get the Heart of Te Fiti.
The only way Moana can save her island from certain doom is to locate the demi-God Maui and have him return the Heart of Te Fiti to it’s rightful place.
Against her parent’s wishes Moana sets sail to find Maui and complete her quest to return the Heart of Te Fiti and restore peace and harmony to the ocean once again. This quest is easier said than done when Moana finds out just how un-helpful Maui can be.
On their journey the duo, along with Moana’s pet chicken, face many dangers including dangerous coconut people and a gigantic crab.
Will Moana be able to return the Heart of Te Fiti back to it’s rightful place and return people to the ocean again? Or will she fail her quest? To find out you nee to pick up or download Moana. Look for it where ever movies are sold.
The story line is wonderful. The characters are very likable. The songs are so infectious that you’ll find yourself singing along to them too.
I honestly cannot think of one negative thing about this film EXCEPT wee little ones might find the fire/lava monster a bit scary. Aside from that, this is an ideal family friendly movie that will appeal to all ages, both young and old.
The animation in this film is incredible. It’s so realistic! You’d swear you are going to get splash by ocean water as you are watching it – it looks THAT real. The Disney animators really outdid themselves on this amazing film.
Of course there are plenty of great bonus features worth checking out. I almost always recommend checking out the bonus features because you’ll learn to appreciate the film more, as well a learn some cool things you might have missed when you watched the film.
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital 3D/HD/SD:
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings” – With introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
- Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
- Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of “Moana.”
- Things You Didn’t Know About …
- Meet the stars of “Moana” in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John.
- Meet the musical team behind “Moana” in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.
- They Know the Way: Making the Music of “Moana” – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.
- Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
- The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film.
- Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
- Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see.
- Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators.
- Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.
- Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes: Race the Wind/Ties that Bind; Discussing Moana’s Future; Under the Sea; Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui; Education of Moana; Father, Daughter, Boat; and Canoe Race.
- Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
- “How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
- Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings,” Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” and Audio Commentary
The “Easter Egg” bonus feature was really interesting. The “Easter Eggs” are really hard to find but I did pick up on Sven from Tangled when he appeared in Moana. That was the only one. The other ones go by too quickly or are too tiny to notice. Kudos to those people who are able to pick them all out.
There are a lot of bonus features. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch them all, but I plan on it. I tend to skip commentary (I’m not a fan) but I do love all the behind the scenes features, deleted scenes and I found the “Things You Didn’t Know” feature fun too (it’s a Q&A with the cast and crew).
Moana is a must see film. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet, I strongly recommend it.
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*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.