We received a copy of Disney’s film, Moanato facilitate this review; however, all opinions are my own.
Moana is a CG-animated feature film from Walt Disney Animations Studios about a 16-year-old girl who sets sail on a mission to save her people. Moana is determined, compassionate, brave, and incredibly smart. She takes her never-say-die attitude and connection to the ocean on her voyage.
MOANA – The People & Islands
Like all of Disney’s films, the filmmakers did their research by visiting the people and islands they’d be portraying. Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and several animators visited the islands of the Pacific not as visitors, but as observers. One person they met stood out. It was on the island of Mo’orea where they met an elder of the village who said, ‘For years, we have been swallowed by your culture. This one time, can you be swallowed by ours?’”
Moana | Voice of the Islands: Casting Moana
Musker and Clements were deeply inspired by the people, their history, traditions, and cultures. They came away with a plethora of images Zand inspirations for the store and a stronger resolve to make something the people
The cast of Moana is diverse and dynamic one filled with incredible talent. Auli’i Cravalho who was just 14 years old when the story was filmed voices Disney’s first Polynesian character (read:Disney Casts 14-Year Native Hawaiian in Lead Role). She’s poised and performs with the ability of a seasoned performer, but in fact, Moanawas her first project. You’ll find that Disney’s Moana is a family-friendly film with a strong female lead with beautiful scenery and fantastic songs and a strong sense of the Polynesian community.
Disney’s MOANA is available on home video and digital download beginning March 7, 2017.