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Moana

ages 6+ | 100 % Say It's Worth Your Time

A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.


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Genre: Adventure , Comedy , Animated

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  • ages 6+ | Worth Your Time

    Parents need to know that Moana is an animated Disney adventure about a Polynesian island chief's daughter who sets off on a quest to save her people. With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson voicing demigod Maui and a score that features original music by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the movie should appeal to viewers of all ages. Scary, perilous scenes include run-ins with frightening, violent monsters (one made of lava, the other a giant crab) and run-ins with ocean storms and waves. Characters also go up against a ship full of adorable (but armed) coconut pirates, a character dies (off screen), and a couple of male authority figures yell at Moana. There's also a bit of language along the lines of "butt" and "dumb." Otherwise, the movie should be fine for younger viewers, offering positive messages of self-discovery and empowerment. And Moana herself is a great role model, demonstrating perseverance, curiosity, and courage.

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  • (Female)

    ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    Grade: A Rating: PG, 103 minutes In a Nutshell: Disney brings us another animated film that is simply gorgeous. Each frame in the movie could be a postcard. The animation is stellar and absolutely breathtaking. The hair, sand, water, feathers, fabric and textures are done so well you feel you could reach out and touch them. It has everything you want in a family-friendly film: solid characters, adventure, memorable music, a positive lesson for kids to learn, a good role model, comedy, peril, and touching family moments. Before the movie begins, another Disney short entitled “Inner Workings” plays that reminds us to live our lives with meaning and joy. Adorable. Uplifting theme: You need to have heart. “Find happiness right where you are.” – lyrics in one of the songs “That voice inside is who you are.” – Grandma Tala Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface.” – Moana “The things you have learned will change you. The people you love will guide you.” - Grandma Tala Your weaknesses don’t define you. Things I liked: Some of the song were written by writer and star of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [Explicit], Lin Manuel Miranda. The lyrics are powerful and meaningful. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently earned the title as “Sexiest Man Alive”. Now we get to hear him sing! He has great comedic and dramatic timing in everything he does. Auli’I Cravalho does a fantastic job voicing Moana. The character even looks like her. Hei Hei, the stupid chicken, got lots of laughs from the audience. I adore Alan Tudyk and was tickled to learn that it was his voice that brings the chicken to life. Pua, the cute pig, was just that…cute, but didn’t grab the audience’s attention nearly as much. Maui’s tattoos interact with Maui and even the audience. Clever use of tapa bark cloth prints to set up the story in the beginning. I love a good romance in a movie; however, I love that there is no prince or hero in this one...Moana is the hero. Moana’s future is determined by her own efforts and leadership. She is a strong role model for your daughters. You go, girl! This movie will make you want to go on vacation to Hawaii or some other Polynesian destination. If you’re in Hawaii, be sure to visit the famous Polynesian Cultural Center where you can get a taste of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand and more! Stay seated until the very end of the rolling credits for a funny moment with the crab. While watching the credits, you’ll notice a long list of babies who were born during production. Cute. I loved it when baby Moana helps a baby turtle find its way to the ocean. I got to participate in a turtle release in Cabo San Lucas in November several years ago. The turtle sanctuary invited us to help them release hundreds of babies. Soooooo cool! Cute choreography. Who knew coconuts could be so dangerous? ha ha The plot is pretty simple, yet Moana has a lot of interesting and creative adventures along her journey. Things I didn’t like: For some reason, Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison) was the only character with a Polynesian accent. You have to listen to the songs a few times to understand the clever lyrics, because sometimes they're sung so fast you can't catch everything the first time around. Funny lines: “Nothing? Really? What’s a demigod gotta do?” - Maui “Really? A blow dart in my butt cheek?” – Maui “I’m the village crazy lady. That’s my job.” – Grandma Tala “When you use a bird to write with, it’s called Tweeting.” – Maui “What’s nunya?” – Moana “None of ya business.” - Maui Interesting lines: “The call that calls isn’t out here – it’s inside me.” - Moana Tips for parents: There is a theme of reincarnation you might want to talk to your kids about. Do you believe in reincarnation? Resurrection? Talk to your children about where you believe you go after this life. There is a fiery lava monster that might scare young children. Young children may need to be reminded that they have to be very careful in the ocean when they go to the beach.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The newest Disney princess isn’t really a princess, per se. But her movie has all of the best qualities fans have come to love (and expect) from Disney Animation Studios and marks one of the animation world’s cinematic highlights for 2016. “Moana” is the story of a young Polynesian girl who sets out from her island home on a quest to save her people. Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) is next in line to be chief of her small, Pacific Island village, but her heart yearns for adventure out on the ocean.

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  • (Male) Crosswalk

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    What Works? The Disney animators have truly outdone themselves this time. Not only does Moana deliver a stunning array of imagery, capturing everything from the ocean floor to the night sky, but the studio even managed to include some traditional, hand-drawn features as well. The journey to the realm of monsters is particularly eye-popping, and it's a shame the movie couldn't have lingered there just a bit longer. Both Cravalho and Johnson play their parts to perfection, giving a nice sense of depth and emotion to their characters. One also can't forget the lovable Hei Hei, Moana’s pet rooster, who acts as a steady form of comic relief throughout the film. As for the music (this is a Disney movie after all), Moana manages to balance traditional Polynesian hymns with modern anthems. There's no ear-catching "Let It Go" power-ballad, but the songs are fun all the same. Lastly, a nod of approval should go to Jemaine Clement, who voices the villainous crab Tamatoa. While not as iconic as, say, Jafar or Maleficent, his brief stint onscreen is charming nonetheless. What Doesn't? Moana has all the hallmarks of a good Disney movie, so it’s difficult to pin down anything that was truly inadequate. The story does take its time to get going, but the opening scenes don't exactly drag either. One could argue that Maui wasn't given the best motivation, and his actions toward the climax of the film are never really explained, but these are minor complaints in an overall satisfying journey.

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  • (Male) Plugged In

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Bright and colorful animation paired with catchy songs signal the arrival of another new Disney princess in Moana. Now, Moana herself would deny that there's anything particularly princessy about her. But as we watch her sally forth and sing her songs, and as we chuckle over her featherbrained and bug-eyed chicken sidekick, well, that fine-tuned Mouse House princess template can't help but show through. This time around, Disney has shifted away from its typical focus on fairy tales and love stories, setting its narrative sights on a blend of Hawaiian myth and Pacific Ocean adventure. Also veering from the script a bit is Dwayne Johnson-voiced Maui, who's much more a rogue-like foil than a prince-like hero. But everything still fits the blueprint. And it's an enjoyable design, to be sure.

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  • Dove Foundation

    ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a charming story of growing up, following your dreams and believing in yourself. We want you to be aware that there is a fantasy legend of Tefiti having great power—so much that she created life itself, but this film is clearly based upon a legend. “Moana” is a fantasy adventure for young and old alike. We are proud to award the Dove Family-Approved Seal for all ages to this film.

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  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Thankfully, consistent with most Disney movies, there are some positive messages within this script. Moana shows great courage and self-sacrifice during her quest to save her people (far worthier motives than The Little Mermaid appeared to have). And she provides the call of conscience to the egotistical Maui. In addition, there is great interplay between these two characters that might just parallel real life. The young upstart Cravalho puts Johnson’s seasoned macho charisma to the test—both on screen and behind the microphone as the Hawaiian teen delivers a performance far beyond her experience.

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  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    The spunky heroine of Disney's 56th animated film is a 16-year-old Polynesian princess (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) who seeks not a boyfriend but a grand adventure on the high seas, all to save her world from destruction. There's no mistaking the entertainment value of "Moana," gloriously rendered in 3-D, with a delightful array of characters and toe-tapping songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway's "Hamilton." The film also offers good lessons about family, friendship and the need to be responsible.

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Okfor ages12+