In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology. Written by
In Maui's song You're welcome, he picks a coconut and rolls it down his arm and uses his elbow to flip it up to Moana. The same way Aladdin does with an apple for Jasmine in Aladdin (1992). See more »
The movie features several frigate birds (likely magnificent frigate birds), in particular when baby Moana helps the baby turtle get to the sea. These birds were sometimes used by Polynesians to help navigate toward new islands. However, these birds do not feed while on land (and they spend very little time on land). They are pelagic, hunting while in flight in the open sea, and they only land when they need to roost. See more »
In the beginning there was only ocean until the Mother Island emerged. Te Fiti. Her heart held the greatest power ever known. It could create life itself. And Te Fiti shared it with the world. But in time, some began to seek Te Fiti's heart. They believed if they could possess it, the great power of creation would be theirs. And one day, the most daring of them all voyaged across the vast ocean to take it. He was a demi-god of the wind and sea. He was a warrior. A trickster. A ...
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The logos for Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios, in this motion picture, are tinted blue. See more »
I know that chicken ... I voted for him .... TWICE!
Easily ranks among the best from the Disney Studio, and a very worthy successor to Mulan 1998, a similar story equally well done.
Oddly also seems to be best work ever from Dwayne Johnson, perhaps not the first name I would have associated with "voice acting," but a star turn nonetheless.
If you want to be picky -- which is the reviewer's job, after all -- the momentum slows a little at the top of the third act, but the ultimate themes of redemption, forgiveness and self-discovery at the finale are an absolute joy.
As they used to say, "for children of all ages."
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