The seas are calling. More specifically, they call to a girl named Moana. Nonsense, you say? Well, her father, Chief Tu, would agree with you. His strictest rule forbids anyone—especially his daughter—from sailing beyond their island’s Motunui surrounding reef. The danger is just too
great. Better to stay put on the island, eat coconuts, play with piglets and chickens… unfortunately Moana doesn’t listen to her elders. Especially as her homeland becomes endangered by lack of food and there’s no hero on the horizon. Unless you count a fallen demigod, Maui, who might or might not help her in the quest because he clearly has an agenda on his own.
A girl who’s fallen in love with the sea. A girl who wears a dress, has a pet animal and IS NOT a princess. A girl who is a Polynesian explorer with a fire in her soul, passed down through generations. What not to like? Oh, wait, I never warmed up to that chicken… half-witted doesn’t fit my bill when it comes to pets.
Anyway Moana (whose name means “deep water” and has nothing to do with, say, Moaning Myrtle), was a very pleasant experience even though it was a musical. It reminded me of the best Disney productions: Aladdin, and 2002’s Lilo & Stitch. It was funny, it was original and no, the heroine didn’t have to marry in order to feel completely happy. It was enough her mission ended with a success, restoring the Heart of Te Fiti, a magical stone stolen years ago by Maui, a demi god adorned by dancing tattoos. Really charming
One of nicest fantasy animation Disney movies I’ve watched – recommendable!