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Moana (2016)



Critic Consensus: With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.

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Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped - and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess & the Frog"), produced by Osnat Shurer ("Lifted," "One Man Band"), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa'i, "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

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Rachel House
as Gramma Tala
Alan Tudyk
as Heihei, Villager #3
Oscar Kightley
as Fisherman
Troy Polamalu
as Villager #1
Puanani Cravalho
as Villager #2
Louise Bush
as Toddler Moana
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Critic Reviews for Moana

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (44)

This is Disney's way of having its formulaic cake and eating it, too: "We know what we're doing here, and we know that you know it, too. So please stop fretting and enjoy while the pieces fall into place."

December 1, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

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.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date.

November 29, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Story of Pacific Islander girl on a quest benefits from Dwayne Johnson's comic timing and a Lin-Manuel Miranda soundtrack

November 25, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific.

November 23, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Moana] is beautiful in more ways than I can tell, thanks to the brilliance of more animators than I could count.

November 23, 2016 | Full Review…
Wall Street Journal
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Audience Reviews for Moana

It trips a bit in the end (post-climax) and how the characters seem to change their minds all the time, but even so this is a great animation that looks gorgeous in every way imaginable and has beautiful songs and a modern Disney Princess who is strong, independent and determined.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Disney, aware of the criticism against her, tosses another attempt to rectify wrongs ... And scores. Set amongst some Pacific islands a princess comes into her own in fetching fashion. And big fun.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A plethora of directors bring the coconuts to life in Moana. Sailing across the ocean at 100 minutes, Moana delivers a predictable, yet heartfelt family story. Most of the way, the plot relies on a couple major characters and a third that doesn't speak. The great character chemistry is enough to keep the canoe afloat even during the slowest of times. Catchy tunes show up along the way as needed. Granted the film is a lot of ocean, Moana satisfies visually with its color and high caliber graphics to lead the way. Character designs are nicely done as well. Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho fill the voices of Maui and Moana respectively. The rest of the characters are voiced as they come in and out of the story. Moana is everything an animated Disney film sets out to be. Become a master wayfinder and set sail.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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