With each new release, Walt Disney Studios continues to outdo themselves, both on the screen and at the box office.
From the Marvel Universe to the “Star Wars” series and animated classics such as “Frozen,” Disney looks its competition in the face and goes the extra mile.
The newest addition to the film studio’s wildly successful year (“Finding Dory,” “Zootopia,” “Captain America: Civil War”), comes a tasteful animated movie titled “Moana.”
“Moana,” like countless Disney classics, focuses on a female protagonist, further showing that Disney princesses can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
The movie begins with a brief history of the Polynesian culture, letting the audience in on several key figures, including the demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). After quickly learning that Moana’s (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) people were once voyagers who sailed the sea, we’re left with questions as to why the voyages abruptly stopped and why the villager’s crops are slowly dying.
The film, which was perfectly paced, refined and specific, was visually beautiful and interesting throughout.
Animated movies can be hard to judge at times, as there are more decent ones than spectacular — but this one does not disappoint.
There’s really nothing about this movie that I don’t like.
On this review, I agree with Rottentomatoes.com’s score of 96% out of 100%. It’s an absolutely magnificent movie.
THOUGHTS: Less than a month after its worldwide release, there’s a real chance that “Moana” is my favorite Disney film and a top animated picture for the family.