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Moana (2016)

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In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Moana (voice)
... Maui (voice)
... Gramma Tala (voice)
... Chief Tui (voice)
... Tamatoa (voice)
... Sina (voice)
... Heihei / Villager #3 (voice)
... Fisherman (voice)
Troy Polamalu ... Villager #1 (voice)
Puanani Cravalho ... Villager #2 (voice)
Louise Bush ... Toddler Moana (voice)
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Storyline

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology. Written by Anonumous

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The ocean is calling.


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Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements | See all certifications »

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23 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vaiana  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,631,401, 27 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$248,757,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$643,031,115
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The villager who suggests cooking Hei Hei is voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also provides Hei Hei's vocal effects. See more »

Goofs

After Maui and Moana battle the Kakamora, he agrees to help Moana, and says they have to sail east. The sun is setting to his left, which would be west, so he is actually sailing north. See more »

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[first lines]
Gramma Tala: In the beginning there was only ocean until the Mother Island emerged. Te Fiti. Her heart held the greatest power ever known. It could create life itself. And Te Fiti shared it with the world. But in time, some began to seek Te Fiti's heart. They believed if they could possess it, the great power of creation would be theirs. And one day, the most daring of them all voyaged across the vast ocean to take it. He was a demi-god of the wind and sea. He was a warrior. A trickster. A ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the scrolling credits, there is a drawing of Wreck-It Ralph in a Polynesian outfit. See more »

Connections

References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am Moana (Song Of The Ancestors)
Performed by Rachel House and Auli'i Cravalho
Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i, and Mark Mancina
Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa'i
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Beautiful animation, predictable storyline
3 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

A friend and I went with the kids to watch Moana last night. I loved seeing Polynesian islands in animation again. The scenery is beautiful--much more of it, and more vivid compared to Lilo and Stitch. The storyline was typical Disney, of course. I feel like I've seen this movie a dozen times before. I would add that I am getting tired of seeing male characters portrayed as cowardly, ignorant, and/or irresponsible. This movie succeeds in that aspect, which is disappointing. Having sons, it would be nice to see a movie where a young man is the hero. Instead, we seem to find thattoo many of Disney's children's movies feature a heroine with weak male characters around her. Other than the above-mentioned observation and the glorifying of pagan belief systems, it was an entertaining and uplifting movie.


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