Disney’s Moana encaptures you from the very start. This film, directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, and Chris Williams, bring to life the historical background of the South Pacific Islands. Clements and Musker were directors of Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin and have worked their magic on this film just the same. The animations seem to jump off the screen and envelop the viewer in spectacular island and ocean scenes alike. Moana does not fall short on the musicality either. With original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this film is packed with many sure to be timeless new Disney songs. Moana seems to have captured the essence of Polynesian culture and leaves the audience seeking a little adventure in their own lives.
Moana, voiced by Pacific Island native Auli’i Cravalho, is the story of the daughter of the chief who must journey across the ocean in order to save her people from their dying island. Along her way she encounters many enemies and friends. including the demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.
Moana and Maui’s journey across the ocean is not a safe path and they must rely on and trust each other in order to reach the island of Te Fiti. Of course, some of the major themes are pretty standard for Disney, such as believing in yourself and following your heart but Moana also teaches girls that if they make a mistake, they should try again. It also teaches them that they don’t need a prince to be a princess which is probably the most important lesson.