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CLIPS Movie Review by Roger Tennis

MOANA movie



RATED PG (peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements)

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes
Ron Clements
John Musker
Don Hall (co-director)
Chris Williams (co-director)

STARS (voice):
Auli'i Cravalho - Moana (Louise Bush provides pre-teen Moana singing voice)
Dwayne Johnson - Maui
Jemaine Clement - Tamatoa
Alan Tudyk - Hei Hei the Rooster
Rachel House - Gramma Tala
Temuera Morrison - Chief Tui (Chris Jackson provides singing voice)
Nicole Scherzinger - Sina

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. Now an adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, 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. - Walt Disney Pictures

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
A grand musical adventure marks the latest addition to Disney's realm of animated magic. New to the studio's line of heroines is the fearless and determined Moana, who isn't hampered by romance on her journey to save family and friends. The expressive voices of Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, as Moana and demigod Maui, lead the cast through this fanciful trek. While the story lacks originality, the vivid Polynesian landscapes and a boatload of appealing songs keep this gem afloat. The rousing original tunes and score are courtesy of Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton"), Mark Mancina, Opetaia Foa'i and Fiona Davies. Vibrant CG animation dominates, but the traditional hand-drawn style is used to bring tattoos on Maui's chest to life. Like Disney's finest, there are a few moments that will frighten small children. But the rather dumb rooster Hei Hei and coconut-clad pirate creatures add comic relief. Before the main feature, there's a captivating new cartoon short. "Inner Workings" depicts the struggle inside a man's body between logic and his adventurous free-spirited half. Shades of "Inside Out", it's reported to be an homage to Walt's 1943 "Reason and Emotion". Derivative or not, it's a laugh-filled treat. A wonderful tale of the South Pacific, "Moana" delivers oceans of family fun.