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Disney’s Moana is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD

 

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.

DVD:

  • 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.

Below you’ll find some movie related crafts for your enjoyment. Simply click on the image to save on to your computer and print out at your convenience.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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“Experience” Disney’s Moana at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater

 

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The movie going experience has changed A LOT since I was a young girl. Some things have stayed the same – like popcorn and candy from the concession stand. But seeing the movie it’s self has changed so much over the years, including how movies are made.

It’s common knowledge that movies made these days are high-tech, made with an arsenal of computer software and technologies to bring movies to life. Even animated movies have come a long way.

When I was a young girl, my mom would take me to a local movie theater every week during the summer to see Disney films. Each week the theater would bring back an old Disney film (and charge 1/2 price for tickets). That allowed me to see such classics as Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella (made before I was born) on the big screen.

Animated films have changed so much. They are no longer “flat” animations. Today’s animations are so realistic that you would swear they were shot in real life.

Yesterday my husband and I got to “experience” and animated film – Moana. Our daughter couldn’t join us because she had to work and our son felt weird going with just us (plus he worried it was a “girly film,” which it is not).

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When I say “experience” the film, I mean that we felt like we were IN the film, thanks to the amazing Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater we saw the film in. If you have never seen a film at a Dolby Cinema you are missing out on an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G movie going experience.

Our local Dolby Cinema theater is at the AMC Theater at the Westfield Mall (aka Garden State Plaza) in New Jersey. When you walk into the lobby you are greeted with a grande foyer worthy of a major Hollywood Event.

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We picked up our tickets, courtesy of Disney for the purpose of reviewing the film. Then we were greeted by a representative from Dolby Cinema who gave us handy drawstring bags and fun pins.

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Once inside the theater it’s self, I got the feeling I was about to embark on a spectacular movie premiere (even though it was just a regular mainstream movie). The theater is HUGE with a super sized screen.

Dolby Cinema at AMC Theaters have THE BEST SEATS in any movie theater. They are large and roomy (great for “plus size” people like myself) and recline. That’s right – they recline! The buttons are conveniently located on the arm, along with a cup holder for your beverage.

I tried to take video of the theater and photos of the seats, but the theater was dark. This was the best I could get.

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I must forewarn you – the seats are so comfy you could easily fall asleep. LOL!

The theater is built so that you can recline your seat and there is still plenty of people to walk up and down your aisle.

A magical thing that the seats do is that they “vibrate” (for lack of a better description), depending on the action going on during the film. That sense of movement makes you fee like you are right there in the film as the action is happening.

The movie appears crystal clear on the big screen. It’s so crisp that you can see every tiny detail – right down to the strands of hair on the characters heads. It’s mind blowing!

The colors are bright and bold and “true to life.”

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When it comes to Dolby, you know it’s all about the sound quality. You cannot beat the sound quality of a Dolby Cinema movie theater.

When you combine the sound, the quality of the picture and the impressive reclining chairs – your movie going gets taken to a whole new level. You just don’t watch a movie – you EXPERIENCE a movie in the best way possible.

Given the opportunity I would watch every film at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater.

If you like a list of Dolby Cinema locations currently opened, and those opening soon can be found on the Dolby Cinema at AMC webpage. You can also sign up for the Dolby Cinema newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming films and special events.

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On to the film…

I have been excited to see Moana ever since I saw the first trailer for it.

Moana is the story about a young girl (Moana) who lives on an island with her parents, grandmother and many other families. Her father is the chief and Moana is being groomed to take over for him one day.

Ever since she was a toddler, Moana has always been intrigued by the ocean. It’s as if it calls her. Her parents on the other hand, especially her father, want her to steer clear from the ocean. The only safe place for them is on the island and within the reef. The world past the reef is dark and dangerous.

Moana tries to do the right thing, but as she gets old the sea seem to be calling for her more and more. Her grandmother is aware of this and tell her that the ocean chose her.

Things start to take a turn for the worse on the island. Coconut trees are dying. There is no more fish and the residents are worried that an ancient curse has finally found their island.

With her grandmother’s help, Moana knows that she needs to step up to save the island by locating a demigod named Maui and taking him to an island to return a special stone that he stole many years ago, which is the reason for the curse to be spreading throughout the world.

Moana is not an experienced sailor but she takes on the challenge to help her people.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana does find Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as well as a plethora of challenges along the way including evil coconut critters who want the stone Moana is trying to return.

Will they succeed? To find out you need to go and see Moana, playing at Dolby Cinemas and other movie theaters across the country.

We LOVED the movie! Loved it! Loved It! Loved It! It had it all – heart, humor, adventure, love, friendship, challenges… you name it. It even has a fantastic sound track. Even late last night my husband told me that one of the songs (How Far Will I Go) was stuck in his head.

The animation is so incredibly realistic! WOW! I was super impressed by how incredibly visual the film is. From the water to Moana’s toenails… they all look so real!

I loved all the characters in the film. Of course Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) and Maui were two of my favorites, but other characters like Pua the pig and Hei Hei the chicken also stole my heart. So much so I told my husband I want a stuffed/plush Pua and Hei Hei for Christmas.

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MOANA – (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There is an evil character in the film – a lava monster. That is the only character that I think might be a wee bit scar for little ones. There are a few scenes with that character too. The lava monster reminded me of the evil devil like creature at the end of the film This is the End. 

This is a film not to be missed in theaters. You have to experience Moana to truly appreciate all it’s beauty. The best way would be at a Dolby Cinema and AMC Theater. If you don’t have one near you, you still should go and see the film. If I were to rate it from one to five stars I’d give Moana 20 stars! It’s that good.

More more information visit the film’s home page Movies.Disney.com/Moana. You can also check out the film on Facebook and Twitter. In addition you can follow Disney Animation on Instagram and Tumblr. The official hashtag is #Moana.

You can also check out the hashtags #DolbyCinema and #ShareAMC to read others reactions about seeing the film at a Dolby Cinema theater.

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Kimberly

*I received free tickets and compensation to see the film. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Disney’s Moana in theaters this week – including Dolby Cinema at AMC theaters

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Coming to theaters this week (November 23, 2016) is the newest animated film from Disney Animation – Moana.

Moana stars the voice talents of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, singer Nichole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk (Zootopia, Big Hero 6) to name a few.

An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks really good. I have a feeling Moana gifts are going to be in high demand this holiday season. I already told “Santa” that I want a plush Pua pig toy for Christmas.

I am excited to take my family to see Moana this coming opening weekend (Saturday, November 26th to be exact) at a nearby Dolby Cinema at AMC. 

If you have never experienced a film at a Dolby Cinema at AMC theater it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

At Dolby Cinema at AMC theaters you don’t just watch a movie – you EXPERIENCE a movie.

First and foremost the seats are AWESOME! They are roomy, comfy and recline. Every time we see a movie in an Dolby Cinema at AMC theater we wish we could take the chairs home with us. LOL! The chairs even pulsate along with the action on the screen.

Movies seen on a Dolby Cinema at AMC theater screen are see with spectacular imaging and vibrant colors. The images are crystal clear and make you feel like you are a part of the film and not just watching it.

The screen and theater are also “curved” which I feel add to the experience and helps you to feel like you are a part of the film and not just a spectator.

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Don’t get me started on the sound quality. It’s spectacular! After all, the sound comes from Dolby technologies.

Once you have had the opportunity to experience a film in a Dolby Cinema at AMC theater, going back to a regular theater just won’t do. Other theaters are pale by comparison.

I cannot wait to see Moana this coming weekend at the Dolby Cinema at AMC theater. The film alone looks breathtaking (I love the landscape and ocean scenes). Factor in impressive sound, crystal clear imaging on the screen and the world’s most comfortable seats and it’s going to be an experience we won’t soon forget.

If you like a list of Dolby Cinema locations currently opened, and those opening soon can be found on the Dolby Cinema at AMC webpage.

Hubby enjoying one of the fabulous reclining chairs at our local AMC theater.

Hubby enjoying one of the fabulous reclining chairs at our local AMC theater.

You can also sign up for the Dolby Cinema newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming films and special events.

Myself and other bloggers across the country will be going to see Moana this Saturday at Dolby Cinema at AMC theaters. If you would like to follow along with our adventures, check out the hashtags #DolbyCinema, #ShareAMC and #Moana on social media. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For more information about the Dolby Cinema experience visit this page at Dolby.com as well as this page at AMCTheatres.com.

For more information about the film you can check out the official Moana webpage at Movies.Disney.com/Moana.

Don’t forget to follow Moana on social media too – Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out Disney Animation on Instagram and Tumblr.

Check back with me this coming weekend for my movie review and theater experience. Plus don’t forget to follow my social media accounts.

Our local Dolby Cinema at AMC theater in Paramus, NJ

Our local Dolby Cinema at AMC theater in Paramus, NJ

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Dolby Cinema at AMC and Disney Studios to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Disney’s Moana, coming to theaters November 23, 2016

 

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Sailing into theaters this November is the newest animation film from Disney called Moana.

This animated comedy/adventure film features the voices talents of newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The film also stars the voices of Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) 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.

Here is an interesting tid bit about the lead character, Moana’s, “human voice,” Auli‘i Cravalho.

Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of talented young women throughout the Pacific Islands before finding the gifted Native Hawaiian Auli‘i Cravalho, who did not initially pursue the coveted role. The film’s Hawai‘i-based casting director recalled her singing performance from a video submission for a fundraiser/talent showcase and asked Auli‘i to come in and try out. Three auditions later, including her first trip to Burbank, Calif., she earned the title role, thanks to raw talent.

Interesting. I’m sure being cast in the lead role in a much anticipated Disney film is going to change this young lady’s life forever.

Check out the newly release trailer for the film.

 

The film looks AWESOME! I’m especially impressed with how realistic the scenery is. It makes me want to hop on the next plane to some far off tropical island.

If you would like to learn more about Moana, you can visit the official website – Movies.Disney.com/Moana. You can also check out the film on social media – Facebook and Twitter.

In addition you can also check out Disney Animation on Instagram and Tumblr.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you’ll see it when it comes to theaters on November 23, 2016?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Disney’s Moana coming to theaters November 2016. Check out the trailer!

 

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Coming to theaters on November 23, 2016 is the latest animated feature from Walt Disney Studios – Moana.

Moana stars the voice talents of Dwayne Johnson and new comer Auli’i Cravalho.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-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) and produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band), Moana sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

Fun Fact: Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of talented young women throughout the Pacific Islands before finding the gifted Native Hawaiian Auli’i Cravalho, who did not initially pursue the coveted role. The film’s Hawai’i-based casting director recalled her singing performance from a video submission for a fundraiser/talent showcase and asked Auli’i to come in and try out. Three auditions later, including her first trip to Burbank, Calif., she earned the title role, thanks to raw talent.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks really good. I especially love how realistic the scenery looks. I also love the pig, Pua. I need to get a plush version of him (her?). How cute!

For more information about Moana you can visit the official website, Disney.com/Moana. You can also follow the film on Facebook and Twitter. In addition you can check out Disney Animation on Instagram and Tumblr.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you’ll go and see it in theaters this November?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New from Disney – Moana – In theaters November 2016

 

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A new Disney film is setting sail and landing in theaters on November 23, 2016 called Moana.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess & the Frog), and produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band).

The voice of Moana was recently casted. I think the young lady (Auli’i Cravalho) looks a lot like Moana too. You can check out her story and the unique way Disney offered the part of Moana in the video below.

Don’t forget to “like” Moana on Facebook too.

 

Kimberly

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