Disney's Moana Review - Featuring FREE Moana Printable Activities!

Kid-Friendly Las Vegas was invited to attend a special advanced screening of Disney's Moana, opening November 23rd!
Moana is a beautiful tale about an island princess trying to find her purpose in life. She struggles between following in her father's footsteps and exploring the ocean that she is drawn to.
The music is beautiful, the visuals are amazing, you can really tell that the Disney animators put their all into this movie.
Moana herself is such a strong female character, and she is now definitely my favorite Disney Princess. Her bravery mixed with her love for her culture and her village are truly inspiring. She shows that you can do whatever you set your heart to.
And can we just take a second to talk about the hair in this movie, Disney specifically made a program for the hair and ocean in this movie and they did a wonderful job! I was so jealous of their beautiful, full curls that even seemed perfect wet.
Lastly, I love how much of the Pacific Islander culture and history they were able to bring to life.
They really gave life to the water, and to the land.
Overall, Moana is the perfect family movie, it will make you laugh, and cry, and will truly inspire you to follow your heart.

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The story of Moana is inspired in part by oral histories of the people and cultures of Oceania, where filmmakers traveled to learn as much as possible. For centuries, the greatest navigators in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. “Navigation and way-finding are such a big part of Pacific culture,” says Musker. “Ancient Polynesians found their way across the seas, way-finding island-to-island without the use of modern instruments, using their knowledge of nature, the stars, the waves and the currents." But for over 1,000 years the travel mysteriously stopped and no one really knows why.
The story of Moana was created to sort of fill that gap.
“Many of the people Ron and John met explained that this belief stems from the deep pride Pacific Islanders have in their ancestors, who were the greatest navigators—way-finders—that the earth has ever seen,” says executive producer John Lasseter. “That pride in their cultural traditions, that sense of connectedness to the ocean, and by the ocean, became central to the story. It’s why the story’s protagonist, and the film itself, is named ‘Moana’—the word for ‘ocean’ in many Polynesian languages.” Says Musker, “In our story, our heroine, Moana, is at the heart of the rebirth of wayfinding.”

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Moana, voiced by newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, is an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. "Moana is the 16-year-old daughter of the chief of Motunui,” says director Ron Clements. “She’s brave, determined, compassionate, and incredibly smart. She has a never-say-die attitude and a profound connection on to the ocean.” “So it’s troubling to her, to say the least, that her people don’t go beyond the reef surrounding their island,” adds director John Musker. “They stay within the confines of that reef, and Moana doesn’t really understand why, especially since she’s felt drawn to the ocean her whole life.”
She is truly beautiful, strong-willed, and incredible clever. She is the perfect addition to the Disney princess family.

The mighty demigod Maui, a charismatic character in the film, was inspired by the varied tales and legends about him throughout the Pacific. Says Musker, “We were fascinated by the stories we read, the tales told to us by people of the region. In most islands, Maui is larger-than-life, a trickster and a shapeshifter. He could pull up whole islands from the sea with his fishhook; he had the power to slow down the sun. He is an incredible figure.” 
Maui has a tattoo that actually acts as his conscience, it’s alive. He’s called ‘Mini Maui’ and he’s a small version of Big Maui. He’s there to stop Maui from doing something that he might later regret.
Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson is on his own journey of self-discovery, reluctantly guides Moana in her quest to become a way-finder and save her people. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. 

Gramma Tala, voiced by Rachel House, is the mother of Chief Tui and Moana’s greatest confidante, she shares the tale of Te Fiti , the mother island. “Her heart held the greatest power ever known: it could create life itself,” she says. “And Te Fiti shared it with the world.” Gramma Tala’s story culminates with details of Maui, who steals the heart of Te Fiti , unleashing a terrible darkness that threatens the life and habitat of islanders throughout the region. Maui is confronted by Te Kā, a demon of earth and fire, and ultimately loses the heart of Te Fiti to the sea.
Gramma Tala is a beautiful character, bringing a sort of magic to the film.

Moana’s father, Chief Tui, voiced by Temuera Morrison, is the gregarious and well-respected leader of the people of Motunui Island. He wants Moana to follow in his footsteps as leader of their people, but fears his daughter’s connection with the ocean and the world that lies beyond their reef. 

Moana’s mother always has her back. Playful, sharp and strong-willed, Sina, voiced by Nicole Scherzinger, appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water. But much like Tui, her hard-headed husband, Sina wants to protect her daughter from the fabled dangers beyond the reef. Above all, Sina trusts Moana to make the right decisions. 


The ocean might come across as simply a stunning body of water. But for a select few—like Moana and her grandmother—the ocean reveals itself as a thoughtful and determined character. Concerned for the health and future of Oceania, the ocean chooses Moana to embark on a daring mission to return the heart of Te Fiti and right their world.
It was up to the animation team to sell the character. And they did a wonderful job. “It wasn’t easy animating the ocean as a character,” says the head of animation Hyrum Osmond. “There’s no eyes or mouth, but the ocean still has to emote. You have to get inside the head of the character, which just sounds strange in this case.”

Tamatoa, voiced by Jemaine Clement, is a narcissistic 50-foot-crab, he lives in an exotic bioluminescent world that’s almost as fancy as he is. Lalotai, the realm of monsters, is a place of fantasy located beneath the ocean’s floor. In fact, it was named in honor of its unusual location. Lalo means “below” and Tai means “the sea” in Proto-Polynesian. The conceited crustacean wants to be more than a “bottom feeder” and overcompensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny. The avid collector fiercely holds onto his ever-growing array of artifacts, along with a nasty grudge against Maui, who cut off his leg.

The Kakamora are wild, coconut-armored pirates who live on a trash and flotsam covered vessel that floats freely around the ocean. The Kakamora may be small, but they are ruthless warriors who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
They seem adorable, but they are really ruthless little monsters.

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Heihei, voiced by Alan Tudyk, is one dumb rooster, the village idiot, in fact. When the clueless chicken accidently stows away on Moana’s canoe, he lands a front row seat for her epic journey. But when Maui targets the feathered fowl as his next meal, kind-hearted Moana sticks her neck out to save Heihei.
Heihei is hilarious, you will grow to love him just as much as Moana does!

Pua is Moana’s loyal pet pig with puppy energy and an innocent puppy brain. He’s guileless and sweet—he’d do anything for Moana. Pua just wants her to be happy.
I mean look at him, he is too sweet. 

Moana is rated PG and sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23rd!