Disney has not released two Disney movies in one year since 2002. Those being Lilo and Stich and Treasure Planet which the directors of Moana also directed.
The characters are really likable. Moana is a good main protagonist and Maui is a great deuteragonist. It’s also great that they don’t end up being a romantic couple at the end. Friendship is enough. Hei Hei is enjoyably stupid and Tamatoa while not in the movie that much is entertaining and even has a great reference to another Disney crab after the end credits. Even things like the ocean and Maui’s tatoo act like characters. There interactions with Moana, Maui, and Hei Hei are a lot of fun.
The songs are very catchy and Oscar worthy. The best songs to me are How Far I’ll Go, You’re Welcome, and Shiny. The Polynesian scenery is beautiful. I love it because it reminds me of my trips to Hawaii. I went on a vacation to Maui this year. I was vacation on Dwayne The Rock Johnson! LOL. The movie does have a surprise villain much like the last four Disney movies before this but it’s cleverly subverted. Instead of having the innocent character being revealed to be the villain in the last third Te Ka turns out the be Te Fiti (who was mentioned in the beginning). Te Ka’s not really the main villain, she’s just an obsticle that Moana and Maui go through on their adventure much like Tamatoa.
The only problem I do have with this movie is that it’s not really groundbreaking compared to the animated movies this year. It’s not as creative as Zootopia, or as emotional as Finding Dory, or even original as Kubo and the Two Strings. But it’s a nitpick.
I should also talk about the short Inner Workings. It’s kind of like Inside Out if it focused on the inner body parts like the brain and heart. The comedy is funny and the characters designs are creative too. It’s a really fun short to follow before a fun Disney movie.
My brother said that this is Brave done right and I agree. Moana is a very fun Disney movie and one of the best animated movies of 2016.
+ The characters
+ The songs
+ Beautiful scenery
+ Surprise villain subversion
+ Inner Workings short
– Not really groundbreaking