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5 Reasons Why You Need to See Moana

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Ever since I was treated to a peek behind the scenes of the making of MOANA during my trip to LA for the Pete’s Dragon Event, I have been super excited for Moana to hit theaters. Despite being sick at the beginning of the week, I grabbed the family and headed out for an afternoon showing on Thanksgiving. To say that we loved it is an understatement. The movie was exceptional and did not disappoint. There are so many reasons why you need to see Moana but I have narrowed my list down to the top 5. Check out our reasons and see a sneak peek behind the scenes while “Working With Water.”

AULI‘I CRAVALHO lends her voice to the title character, MOANA, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

AULI‘I CRAVALHO lends her voice to the title character, MOANA, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

5 Reasons Why You Need to See Moana

1.It celebrates family and all that we can learn from them. Moana finds strength from her Grandma Tala even when she is no longer with her. It shows how important family is and how we always have them with us.

MOANA - (Pictured) Grandma Tala and Moana. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA – (Pictured) Grandma Tala and Moana. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

2. Moana isn’t your ordinary princess. Maui makes a joke during the movie about Moana being a princess because she has a pet as a side kick but she is NOT your ordinary Disney Princess. Moana is a strong female character who doesn’t rely on male character to save her. She goes out on her own in an effort to save her people. It is a strong reminder that girls are just as awesome as boys.

MOANA’S MISSION — Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) may be a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome—but he’s no match for Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who’s determined to sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Moana's first challenge is convincing Maui to join her. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA’S MISSION — Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) may be a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome—but he’s no match for Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who’s determined to sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Moana’s first challenge is convincing Maui to join her. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

3. It highlights the Polynesian Culture. It is amazing to see how Disney has created a story celebrating the history of the Polynesian culture. They even created the “Oceanic Story Trust”, a group of anthropologists, archeologists, fishermen, liguists, tattoo masters, dancers and elders from the Pacific Islands, to make sure that they as acurate as possible in the making of the movie. Auli’i Cravalho is a new actress who was hired right from the Hawaiian islands as part of their plan to have voice actors from the region.

 

MOANA filmmakers consult with members of the MOANA Oceanic Story Trust.

MOANA filmmakers consult with members of the MOANA Oceanic Story Trust.

4. Wonderful Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda. – The music in the movie is amazing and you will even be treated to a solo by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Maui. Check out a clip of the song “You’re Welcome” below and head on over and order your copy of the Soundtrack.

5. Adorable characters for you to fall in love with. I am particular to Pua but Hei-Hei adds humor throughout the movie and earns himself the title as an adorable side kick. On top of these loveable animals, young Moana will make your heart melt.

MOANA - (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA – (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Young Moana interacting with the Ocean.

Young Moana interacting with the Ocean.

 

Bonus Reason: The new animated short Inner Workings is truly a piece of art and tells a story all on its own about the balance of what the brain tells us to do and following our own heart. It is the perfect way to start the Moana experience.

Inspired by the transparent human anatomy pages in his childhood encyclopedia set, Leo Matsuda, director of Walt Disney Animation Studios' new short "Inner Workings," showcases the internal struggle between one's pragmatic, logical self and the free-spirited, adventurous self. Created in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, "Inner Workings" opens on Nov. 23, 2016, in front of Disney's "Moana." ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Inspired by the transparent human anatomy pages in his childhood encyclopedia set, Leo Matsuda, director of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new short “Inner Workings,” showcases the internal struggle between one’s pragmatic, logical self and the free-spirited, adventurous self. Created in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, “Inner Workings” opens on Nov. 23, 2016, in front of Disney’s “Moana.” ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

These are just some of the reasons why you need to see Moana in theaters now. I could go on all day with all the great reasons but you just need to head on out to the theaters and see for yourself why this new Disney movie is amazing.

Don’t forget to check out these other great Moana posts.

Free Printable Moana Activity Sheets

Free Printable Moana Coloring Sheets

Recipe for Pua’s Party Punch

Moana Soundtrack

Interview with Auli’i Cravalho – Voice of Moana

Behind the Scenes of Moana Inner Workings

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