Go on the Latest Oceanic Disney Adventure with Moana!
Posted : January 4, 2020
The latest musical fantasy-adventure from Disney takes place in a place not often featured in film, that being Polynesia. A phenomenally beautiful part of the world, marked by gorgeous islands ranging across azure-blue seas, Disney have truly honoured a proud and strong people and their island paradises.
Moana’s production marks the first time since 2002 that two blockbusters have been released in the same year by Walt Disney Animation Studios, the second being Zootopia. Moana has received overwhelmingly universal positive acclaim for its catchy music, stunning animation and passionate voice acting, raking in over $643 million worldwide. Gaining two nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, Moana was considered for Best Original Song (“How Far I’ll Go”) and Best Animated Feature.
The story follows the adventures of a young and spirited girl called Moana. The daughter of the chief of an island called Motunui, Moana wishes nothing more than to sail beyond and find more to life. Her father, however, has different plans for his daughter. In her he tries to instil a sense of homebound pride and duty, convincing her to abandon her disobedient will and focus on leading her people.
Things go on as normal for the people of Motunui, their strong tradition and cheerful coconut-based existence going on unhinged. That is until a blight strikes the island. The islanders first try to ignore it, but soon plants and coconuts start dying at an alarming rate, and it’s clear that devastation will soon overrun them. It is then that Moana makes up her mind, that she must save her village by seeking out a demigod Maui who stole a magical stone from a Mother Nature-like goddess Te Fiti, weakening so much that she could no longer maintain her life-sustaining powers and causing the blight.
Moana is a truly inspiring and heart-warming tale, massively supported by a lovely soundtrack, incredible visuals, and touching voice acting from Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Maui) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana). Both parents and children are going to find something special to take away from this tale of overcoming societal pressures and finding your own path, never abandoning who you are.
Moana may not be in cinemas anymore, but that’s not going to stop you marvelling at this gorgeous epic on Blu-Ray or DVD. You’re really in for such a treat with this one, Disney just keeps pushing the limits with each timeless animation they create.