Up until this weekend, we missed like three opportunities we had set aside to see Moana. I wanted to remedy that for the girls (and selfishly, me, too) because everybody told me how good it was and how addictive the soundtrack is. They.Were.Right.
We were sent a sneak peek Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy this week and set aside Saturday afternoon to watch it together. All six of us sat and watched and really enjoyed it. My favorite part of the experience was my newly turned 5 year old explaining the movie to me. And, to my surprise, explaining it very well!
Moana is the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s “Ballers,” “Central Intelligence”) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui. If a spirited teenager going against her parent’s wishes doesn’t inspire our kids, what will, right?
The film has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. “Moana” is already available for digital download in both HD/3D and on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA).
It releases on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.
A little history
According to directors Ron Clements and John Musker, the story of “Moana” was inspired by the great explorers who masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. “Voyaging is a real source of pride for many Pacific Islanders, a part of their identity,” says Clements. Many experts believe that about 3,000 years ago, those deep-sea exploratory voyages halted for about a millennium before resuming. This rebirth of exploration sparked the filmmakers’ imaginations, and the heroine at the heart of the story. “The idea of a teenage girl who dreamed of becoming a navigator—considering the abilities of her ancestors—was so appealing,” explains Musker. Moana’s quest to become a wayfinder also serves as a journey of self-discovery, empowering her to find her own identity – a beautiful and powerful message for audiences of all ages and genders.
We all really enjoyed the movie Moana. There are funny parts for adults and kids. I will tell you, the crab scene really had me scratching my head. I felt like I was looking at the screen thinking “what am I watching right now.” If you’ve seen it, I’d love to hear what you think.
And, when Maui said “When you sign your name with a bird, it’s called tweeting” I think Disney wrote that in just for all of their bloggers.
We will definitely be watching Moana again and often. And, it will be a matter of time before the download replaces the FROZEN soundtrack that is often playing in my van.
For me, what stood out is when Moana said “The Ocean Chose Me…” There are definitely times I wish I could say that and run off to the ocean like this. I thought I would capture that sentiment and the beauty with a printable for the wall. This is set to be an 8×10.
Have you seen Moana yet? Are you getting it?