When my six-year daughter saw the first trailer for “Moana” she said “Moana means business, I like her.” Abby was right! Moana is a headstrong young woman who means business.
When someone asks me if I liked the movie I start to tear up when talking about it. This movie moved me so much and the deluxe soundtrack is a great because I am able to listen to Lin-Manuel’s lyrics again and it makes Moana’s story even more beautiful. This is how I felt after seeing “Beauty and the Beast,” which my favorite movie of all-time. It just DID something to me and woke something up inside of me. I love movies because they are an escape from our world, but when a movie MOVES you in the way I was moved by “Moana” then it certainly is something special.
Why Should You go on an Adventure with Moana?
- Moana is a great role model for everyone, not just girls or boys, but for everyone – every age. She takes her responsibility to her people very seriously but also listens to her inner voice and takes a chance to do what she feels is right FOR her people – not just for herself. She reminds me of Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” very headstrong.
- The movie takes you on an adventure from a small Polynesian inspired island across the vast Ocean. It is a great ride and I loved every minute of it.
- The music is amazing, it mixes in with the movie perfectly and never feels forced.
- It’s hilarious, I laughed a lot in the movie. Is it possible that a chicken could be comedy gold?
- It’s beautiful. Not only is the animation breathtaking, but the story, the music and the characters are perfect. You will not be disappointed.
- Tip: Stay for the full credits to see a bonus scene!
“Moana,” is 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.
Maui is voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he is a demigod—half god, half mortal that wields a magical fishhook that allows him to shapeshift into all kinds of animals and pull up islands from the sea.
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.
In any Disney movie, the music is always a treat. When I first heard the music of “Moana” I was instantly swept away to a Polynesian island somewhere. The music really makes you feel this movie in your heart. The music does not disappoint, and how could it with the amazing team of Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes, the Hamilton guy), Mark Mancina,Opetaia Fao’i and the band Te-Vaka. In the opening of the movie, where we see the iconic Disney Castle, you will hear a unique opening sung by Olivia Fao’i, the daughter of Opetia.
The musical numbers in the movie are breathtaking, and don’t feel forced, they are a natural part of the story. You and your kids will no longer have the song “Let it Go” stuck in your head. The new song that you will not be able to stop singing is sung by Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and is called “You’re Welcome.”
Another amazing song in the movie is “How Far I’ll Go” and is Moana’s song written by Lin-Manual Miranda, performed in the film by newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho. The song will make anyone cry, it is a beautiful song for any age to relate to. The end-credit version of the song is performed by Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara.
Related: Moana Soundtrack Details and Clips
New Short “Inner Workings”
The short that will be released before “Moana” is called “Inner Workings” and it is the story of how your heart and head work together (or not) to get you through the day. The short will have you questioning if you should listen to your heart or your head, or maybe both in order to have a balanced life.
The short is from the mind of director Leo Matsuda and was selected from over 73 pitches to the WDAS Story Trust. “Inner Workings” is produced by Sean Lurie.
Check out these other Moana posts from the press junket.
- The Spirit of Polynesia Sails into Hollywood for the Moana Premiere
- Interview with Dwayne Johnson (Maui)
- Interview with Auli’i Carvalho (Moana)
- Interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Music by)
Moana Official Trailer
MOANA reaches the shores on November 23rd!
Visit the official MOANA website
Disclaimer: Disney has invited 5 Minutes for Mom (and me) to Los Angeles to attend these wonderful events. All expenses have been paid by Disney, but all opinions are always 100% my own.