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Moana (2016)

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John Musker & Ron Clements

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About the Movie

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 246
  • Fresh: 235
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Story of Pacific Islander girl on a quest benefits from Dwayne Johnson's comic timing and a Lin-Manuel Miranda soundtrack – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 25, 2016

Fresh: The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific. – Andrew Lapin, NPR, Nov 23, 2016

Fresh: The narrative is a fairly predictable hero's journey -- Maui even calls her "The Chosen One" -- but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course. – Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, Dec 1, 2016

Fresh: I have a soft spot for the gigantic, arrogant, avaricious crab named Tamatoa. – Stephen Romei, The Australian, Jan 6, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Akin to Lion King

This movie has the potential to be the new generation's Lion King. It abounds with a faithfulness to different cultures and a genuine appreciation for Polynesian traditions and mythology. The story subverts Disney's tried-and-true formula to create a refreshing protagonist and a compelling, hilarious companion that can still elicit emotion from the audience (not unlike Robin Williams' Genie in Aladdin). The animation is ground-breaking, lush, and consistently awe-inspiring. Mancina's score continues to accentuate tension of action as well as the playfulness of calm scenes, and Disney may have made the best decision in getting Lin-Manuel Miranda to compose its songs. Simply a must-see.

A Touching, High Quality Film

This was cute. It has everything you hope it would have and I was glued to the screen it was a very engaging movie. I didn't even watch the full trailer for Moana but I have so much faith in Walt Disney Animation Studios like I do with Pixar, so I took my kids on opening night. It's my daughter's birthday today but I convinced her to let us go last night! We all loved this one.

Unlike many stories this film does not focus on a romantic love interest. However, ❤️ is a central theme as it is love that motivates Moana to leave and save the island. Btw her grandmother was a slam dunk character for this film she had he crowd roaring with laughter. She was smart, funny and a symbol of hope/love and empowerment in this film. The animation was beautiful and it's encouraging to see such advanced animation. The music was beautiful and we loved the song "I Am Moana."

There is a reason that the film has 99% on rotten tomatoes. They usually get it right with ratings with the exception of the Transformers films, which always get bad RT ratings but are amazing movies.

What a great movie!

Amazing Artistic style! The water looks so real. Music in this movie is Fantastic! Cant wait for this to come out to own! A+++ Disney you did it again! Just a fun movie for everyone

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2016

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