Disney’s new musical spectacular Moana is one of the most anticipated films of the year!
Following the journey of Moana (newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) and her new friend Maui (who also happens to be a God – voiced by Dwayne Johnson), the two work together to save her island – taking her into realms no mortal has ever reached.
Here are some reasons why Moana is a must-see this winter!
And if you are already a Moana fan – you can get the original Moana duvet cover set here.
Disney is tackling Polynesian culture brilliantly
This is the studio that brought real lions into the animation studio for ‘The Lion King’, so you know Disney doesn’t do anything by halves. When it came to creating a new film set in the world of Polynesian culture, directors Ron Clements and John Musker travelled extensively around the area and formed a ‘trust’ to consult on the accuracy and sensitivity of every aspect of Polynesian culture.
The culture of Polynesia has been a huge part of promoting the film too, right down to Dwayne Johnson performing a Polyneisan fire dance on American television!
Moana is the furthest thing from the classic ‘Princess’
No love interest? No problem! Moana is taking her destiny into own hands, proving herself to be one of the strongest female leads Disney has ever produced. Her mission in the film is to save her tribe and lead her people, rather than locking down a Prince for her happily ever after.
She even gains the respect of Maui, a thousand year old demi-God and fights a lava monster!
Not bad for a 16 year old, eh?
It may be the crowning achievement of Disney’s ‘Revival Period’
Any Disney historian or enthusiast worth their salt will know the Disney eras very well.
Starting with The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s revival period has been consistently excellent. Tangled, Big Hero Six, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen and Zootopia have all been huge hits both with critics and at the box office. Disney’s star keeps on shining brighter, and this project, a classic Disney tale with a new angle, may represent the accumulation of the success of the era.
New Disney songs!!
Not just any songs either. Disney have hired Samoan musician Opetaia Foa’I and composer Mark Mancina alongside man of the moment Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer of the huge broadway hit Hamilton.
Want a taste of their work? Disney have been kind enough to give us a whole song – and yes, The Rock can sssssing!
Maybe we will Let It Go of Let It Go and sing something new!
Check out the trailer below!