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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:
Auli'i Cravalho ... Moana (voice)
Dwayne Johnson ... Maui (voice)
Rachel House ... Gramma Tala (voice)
Temuera Morrison ... Chief Tui (voice)
Jemaine Clement ... Tamatoa (voice)
Nicole Scherzinger ... Sina (voice)
Alan Tudyk ... Heihei / Villager #3 (voice)
Oscar Kightley ... Fisherman (voice)
Troy Polamalu Troy Polamalu ... Villager #1 (voice)
Puanani Cravalho Puanani Cravalho ... Villager #2 (voice)
Louise Bush 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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The ocean is calling.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moana See more »

Filming Locations:

Polynesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,631,401, 27 November 2016

Gross USA:

$248,757,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$690,845,539
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is the 21st Disney animated feature film to be named after the main protagonist(s). The others were: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Robin Hood (1973), Oliver & Company (1988), Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas (1995), Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998), Tarzan (1999), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Chicken Little (2005), Bolt (2008), Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Wreck-It Ralph (2012). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the song "Where You Are", when Moana and her parents are walking to the temple, Moana looks to the right, and sees her grandmother dancing in the beach. (The shore runs parallel to the path). But when the song ends, the camera zoom out and the shore is clearly perpendicular to the path. See more »

Quotes

[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

There is a post-credit scene where Tamatoa the Crab (Jemaine Clement) breaks the fourth wall by telling the audience that they would help him turn over if he had a Jamaican accent and was called Sebastian. A clear nod to the directors Ron Clements and John Musker's crab character "Sebastian" in The Little Mermaid, which they wrote. See more »


Soundtracks

You're Welcome (Jordan Fisher/Lin-Manuel Miranda Version)
Performed by Jordan Fisher featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Produced by Llmind (as !llmind)
Mixed by Joey Raia
Jordan Fisher appears courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Great looking and good characters and that's about it
2 March 2018 | by JaydoDreSee all my reviews

Some time has passed since my viewing of this movie and the first thing that comes to mind, when I think about it, is the scene in which Moana goes to the shoreline of the island where she lives and the first song plays. Watching this scene on a big TV in HD makes your jaw drop, as you are mesmerized by all the pretty colours.

As with many recent Pixar animations, the creators go out of their way to make everything as colourful as possible, to the point that certain neon-lit magical creatures and scenes feel like they were created solely for the purpose of allowing creators the freedom of using extreme colours that you would not otherwise encounter in a realistic setting. This is not a complaint, at least not on its own. The net result is that the movie does look gorgeous.

However, this observation takes the shape of a minor complaint when you take into account just how standard the other aspects of the movie are. At that point, the excessive visuals and style start looking more like a set of jingling keys, distracting the viewer from the fact that the rest of the movie is just ok.

Moana has interesting characters, with Moana herself not being one of them. The demigod Maui's dominating arrogance is a refreshing trait for a main character, his animating tattoos are funny (although this again is more of a visual aspect rather than a character trait), his backstory is interesting and his arch is subtle. The giant crab is fun, even though he is not on screen for long. The acting and dialogue are good, though not groundbreaking.

However, the plot is just a rehash of the same old story: a young character feels the drive to cross a boundary, set by his or her guardians. The young character then disobeys and gets in trouble, but ultimately overcomes, learning about self in the process and usually learning to be more responsible. There is an interesting little twist at the end, which puts Maui's character in an even more interesting light but that's about it.

Moana has no major flaws and it's a pleasant watch from beginning to end, but I do contest the apparent tendency of some people to treat this movie as a God that needs to be worshiped.


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