Moana is a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, Moana Waialiki (Auli’i Cravalho) sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology. Not only is the movie gorgeous to look at but the story is strong and the characters are great. Moana is fleshed out, given strengths and weaknesses. We also get to see her overcome her shortcomings and save the day.
Moana is the 56th Disney animated feature film.
The movie was released theatrically in the United States on November 23, 2016. The film received positive reviews and has grossed $97 million worldwide. Featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk, the film tells the story of Moana. She is a strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic to a goddess. She sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod and hopes to save her people.
Originally, the film was going to focus on Moana rescuing her father, who had been lost at sea.
The story changed drastically during the development phase (which happens with most Disney films), and the original idea ultimately survived only as a subtle element of the father’s backstory. In 2012, Clements and Musker went on research trips to Fiji, Samoa, and Tahiti to meet the people of the South Pacific and learn about their culture.
Moana is voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho who not only did a good job with the acting but also with the singing.
Her voice is fantastic! She teams up with Maui, a fallen demi-god, who is voiced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and it’s obvious the character was made just for him. While a bit of a braggart, he is very funny and likable.