Disney’s latest animated film is taking audiences by storm. The main character is be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. A terrible curse is incurred by Maui and reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, so she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.
The main characters in this multicultural movie include Moana, played by Auli’i Cravalho who is from Oahu, Hawaii, and Maui, who is played by Dwayne Johnson. Both actors created great characteristics for both Moana and Maui, their voices really showing the personality of the animated character and makes it seem as if it were a real person on screen.
This G-rated movie is perfect for all ages, from children to seniors. That doesn’t mean the film is safe and bland. Moana is a startling film on a bunch of levels. The animation is not only magically crafted, it looks realistic and well designed. This movie looks as if real actors were playing the parts and as if the film was not an animated film. It also presents a variety of stunning beauty. Moana also has excellent music that pays great homage to the indigenous culture that it depicts with use of native instruments and choral stylistic elements. It allows the listener to be steeped in the island culture.
Moana is one of the best animated movies of 2016 because it shows how important culture is in storytelling and what it takes to really get to know who you a person is as a part of a culture. Moana struggles with finding herself because as much as she loves the ocean, her father does not approve of her decision of wanting to be in water. Moana knows that she loves the water and that the ocean is calling for her, but for wanting to make her father happy, she lets it go. The only one who tells her to seek water and go for what she wants is her grandma. Her grandma shows her that it is important to know where you come from and to know who you are. I give this movie a 10/10 overall because of how much it shows the meaning behind the story, and 10/10 for the animation because it is some of Disney’s greatest work, and 10/10 for getting the point across that it is very important to know who you are in the 103 minutes of the film. I recommend everyone go and watch it.