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1,084 Ratings


United States, 2016
Animation, Adventure


A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

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Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

BAFTA Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film

Golden Globes (USA)

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Song - Motion Picture

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

2016 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature

All of these affirmational bromides are a regrettable staple of the late Disney corpus, and while they coincide nicely with the recent boom in self-proclaimed ‘empowerment ballads’, they do little to actually raise the spirits. . . . Disney addicts (they exist!) will be satisfied, and the film is, overall, harmless. But for all the technical skill on display, this feels as inessential and disposable as any Shrek or Ice Age, only with ostensibly loftier pretensions.
December 01, 2016
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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. Dynamic CGI and robust songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton further enhance the experience.
November 24, 2016
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Lyrically, the songs largely consist of the usual anthems about self-actualization, but they vibrantly draw from Samoan and Maori musical history, incorporating tribal dance rhythms into the orchestration. This is the finest collection of songs for a Disney film since Howard Ashman’s run with the studio, and it’s fitting that they should score the most elegant animated feature that the company has released in years.
November 22, 2016
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