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Coming to theaters this Thanksgiving is Disney's Moana, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (Aladdin, Hercules) and featuring the following voices:

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (The Scorpion King, Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious series) as Maui
  • Auli'i Cravalho as Moana Waialiki
  • Rachel House as Gramma Tala
  • Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Commander Cody in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) as Chief Tui Waialiki
  • Nicole Scherzinger (the talented one in The Pussycat Dolls) as Sina Waialiki
  • Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as Tamatoa
  • Alan Tudyk (Duke of Weselton in Frozen, Duke Weaselton in Zootopia) as Heihei

Music is by Mark Mancina (Speed, Blood+) with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights) and Opetaia Foa'i (of the New Zealand band Te Vaka).

The film will be released in most of Europe as Vaiana (supposedly due to copyright issues) and in Italy as Oceania (because they have a porn star named Moana).

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Yup, Disney's collecting another Oscar for Best Animated Short Film next year. Here's the opening act for Moana.

Wow, now we get trailers for shorts!?

How long before we get teasers for the trailers for shorts?

Looks good regardless.

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Nah, this song isn't nearly as catchy. The chorus isn't as simple as Let it Go which is important for little kids to follow. They're not dropping it.

Agree, it doesn't have the right beat. When you hear "Let it go" the gut reaction is you want to hear it again immediately. This one, not quite as much, this is like the Rapunzel song, whatever that was. Not as good as "Let it go" This from the adult perspective, we'll see what my 7 yr old say when she sees it this weekend.

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What an amazing film. Disney Animation takes what they learned from Finding Nemo and turns the ocean into the film's standout character. Aside from that, we have excellent voice performances by Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho. Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) also steals the show as the giant crab Tamatoa with his David Bowie-inspired number "Shiny".

The music shouldn't be compared to Frozen, as it's like comparing Scandinavia with the South Pacific - totally different climates. With that said, the score by Mark Mancina (Tarzan, Training Day) and songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda capture the feel of the ocean tropics without going over the top like the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

As for the opening act Inner Workings, it's not as memorable as Paperman or Feast, but there's no doubt it'll bag the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film next year.

Overall, Moana is another Disney film worth adding to your Blu-ray collection.

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Just watched this with the family over the weekend.

A quality Disney animated film, just nothing memorable....definitely no Frozen.

Disney can't expect every one of their animated films to be a Frozen-like phenomenon I suppose. They are making enough cash on their Marvel and Star Wars films that they should just concentrate on making quality animated films with a good story.

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4 hours ago, kalvasflam said:

Just a little off topic, but honest trailers seem to be on a two week Disney Princess run, this week, it's Belle.  (not a real princess in the movie per se)


Frigging Hilarious.


That was great!! The songs were the best.

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