I think I have made myself clear in the past that I am not a fan of old Disney movies, especially the ones with simpering princesses in them.
I’m sure I liked them as a child since I have seen them all. But since learning how to think for myself, I’ve always felt that they send the wrong message to kids. I know a lot of people think they are harmless but children are little sponges and will often take away more than just visions of happy endings. This is just my opinion, but in our home, our little girl will learn that she doesn’t have to wait for Prince Charming to save. her. She will learn how to save herself.
Disney does seem to be moving with the times though. Movies like Brave and now Moana, are teaching children (boys too) that they can do and be anything! That is something a mom like me can get behind.
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
Rating/ Runtime: PG- 1hr47
Ha! I think I already gave you my opinion but this part is about Moana, I promise!
First of all, the animation is stunning! I don’t let my kid watch the old ones but honestly, she wouldn’t want to. Trying to compare say, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (worst offender) to Moana is like comparing apples to iPhones (see what I did there). The technology these days, just blows my mind! It is so colourful, so vivid, you may as well be there with the characters.
Moana herself, is a firecracker! Smart, sassy and incredibly brave. A wonderful role model. Dwayne Johnson AKA “The Rock” is entertaining and funny as Maui. To be honest, Maui is “The Rock” with Troy Polamalu’s glorious hair. Not to worry, it doesn’t detract from the film.
It’s a lovely family film. It has a wonderful storyline and musical score but in this case, I think older kids will appreciate it more than the little ones. My daughter is almost 3 and though she liked the characters and music, the story was too mature for her.
Moana is a good Disney movie and I would recommend it to anyone.