Disney movies were some of the very first movies ever saw as a kid. Every time I would see a new one, I would declare that it was the best ever and my new favorite. This has continued into my adulthood. Toy Story? Best movie ever and my favorite. Finding Nemo? Best movie ever and now my favorite. Frozen? Now THAT was the best movies ever and totally my favorite.
Guess what I said when I walked out of the screening of Moana last week…yep, you guessed it. Loved it – it was the best Disney movie so far and my new favorite! Before you dismiss me as someone who must just go nuts over every single Disney film, let me explain a little about what made Moana stand apart from the rest for me.
Before I go into too much detail, you might want to check out this trailer:
Genre: Animated Comedy/Adventure
U.S. Release Date: Nov. 23, 2016
Voice Cast: Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk.
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Producer: Osnat Shurer
First was the soundtrack. While I have found many of the soundtracks of Disney films to be catchy and enjoyable (I still love the Frozen soundtrack and play it often), Moana‘s soundtrack brings it to a whole new level. The soundtrack contains original songs by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, collaborating with South Pacific fusion songwriter Opetaia Foa’i, this soundtrack has melodies that will stay with you long after you leave the theater. We found ourselves humming several of them day and night until the entire soundtrack finally became available for download on iTunes.
Another aspect of Moana that really puts it on a whole new level is the scenery. Yes, I realize that it is an animated film so the term “scenery” might seem a bit odd, but the animation in Moana is the best we have seen yet. The detail in the water, the land, and the characters’ expressions and even things like Moana’s flowing hair is so incredibly lifelike.
But my absolute favorite part of Moana is the story. Moana starts by going back thousands of years to tell the story of the creation of the island of Motunui and the curse incurred by the demi-God Maui. Moana is the daughter of the chief and is called by the ocean to retrieve the cause of the curse, the heart of the goddess Te Fiti. Moana is a brave girl who sets out on her own (well. with a humorous chicken) and stands up to every obstacle that comes her way – and she does it all with a beautiful song in her heart. I love that there is no male love interest – Moana stands on her own!
Want to extend the feel-good moments from Moana? Check out these fun coloring and activity pages you can print off and use at home! (Click on each image to download.)
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