3 Excellent Reasons to See Disney’s MOANA Movie

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations, and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. 

As you know, I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles for Disney’s MOANA. Yesterday, I shared my experience on the red carpet and today I’m sharing 3 good reasons why you should see Disney’s MOANA. Because I was lucky to have seen it already (releases the 23rd). 🌴

Moana Movie Poster


Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes MOANA, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i.

Look, I’m not going to ruin the movie for you, but I will share a few reasons why you should see it. Because you must see it. K?


Though Disney brushed on Polynesian culture a bit in the film LILO & STITCH, MOANA dives in much deeper.

3 Excellent Reasons to See Disney's MOANA Movie

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From the traditional music to the story of Maui himself, I felt immersed into a lovely community of people, beaches and traditions. In fact, when interviewing the cast of MOANA (those posts are coming soon, don’t worry), a recurring theme expressed was the pride of culture and how this film captures it beautifully.

MOANA - (Pictured) Maui. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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I’m counting down the days until I can purchase the amazing movie soundtrack. I mean, we’re talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’i, friends, so…


Moana’s journey is a tough one and takes her FAR outside of her comfort zone. Though I cannot relate to what it’s like to go on a mission to find the demigod Maui (yet, anyway), I believe we all know what it feels like to push through our fears.

MOANA - (Pictured) Moana and Maui. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Of course, the road (or in this case, the sea voyage) isn’t an easy or uninterrupted one (yet, at times hilarious), but when one pushes through those obstacles, the reward is so much sweeter. MOANA is a great reminder of that.

o help adventurous teenager Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who is determined to become a master wayfinder and save her people. But Moana is destined to win him over with her charm, strength and unbridled spunk. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.



In true Disney fashion, MOANA includes a delightful short, INNER WORKINGS, before the movie begins. It’s brilliant, and like MOANA, a bundle of inspiration, yet in much shorter form. There are no words spoken, yet the emotions the animation artists were able to create throughout the short were easy to feel and understand. And funny. And one that I want to see again and again.

So, who is ready to MOANA and INNER WORKINGS now? Both arrive in theatres everywhere on November 23rd!

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations, and activities during my stay in Los Angeles.