From Walt Disney’s very first animated film to Disney’s latest, Moana, one thing is for sure; they continually get better. How? It’s fascinating really, creating an early buzz asking…
Moana the next Frozen?
With music (Lin- Manuel Miranda) that will have you singing before you even know the words and a story line that will capture your heart, it just very well may be. Moana, meaning ocean, gives the movie instant double meaning, being one with the ocean, but the ocean being a character itself; reminding us that it’s the ocean that gives life to the land.
The latest Disney princess, Moana (Auli‘i Cravalho) has a connection with the ocean that is seen from the first scene in the film, (one of my favorite moments), which will eventually take her on a heroic journey. Gramma Tala (Rachel House) encourages Moana to listen to her inner voice while her dad, Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison), wants to stay put on Motunui where she can be safe.
However, Moana sets off to find Maui (Dwayne Johnson), the egoistic, shapeshifting character that has an ego about as big as his pecs. He sings, he’s funny, but my favorite part may very well be his voice of reason that happens to be a tattoo mini-Maui. Oh, and he does have this way-cool magical fishhook.
Even though Moana is a princess, it’s not a princess movie. It’s funny, full of adventure and great for the whole family.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master Wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
Inner Workings Short
Inner Workings ” is a new short from first-time director Leo Matsuda (story artist for “Big Hero 6,” “WreckIt Ralph”) is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. The short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
Paul, an average data entry type of guy that finds his morning filled with distractions while walking to work. Listening to his head but struggling with his heart is where the story brings us to the two organs and how they don’t agree on the right course of action.
Leo and producer Sean Lurie share how Inner Workings came to be in this great interview.
You can only see Inner Workings when you see Moana which opens in a week from today.
*I was invited by Disney to attend the Moana Event to share my experiences with my readers. All opinions are my own.