Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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 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 once-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) and produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band),Moana sailed into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
“I’m a classic Disney fanatic, and “Moana” is one of the best – better than “Frozen” (which, don’t get me wrong, was very good – wonderful sisterly love theme)! As a 30-something who grew up in the age of the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s and had (still has) a collection of all the original Walt Disney classics, I can be hard to convince in this age of CGI…but “Moana” is perfection…and so is the soundtrack. Catchy tunes, great singers, gorgeous music & lyrics – love the traditional Polynesian vibe. I’m not a big “Hamilton” fan, but I can appreciate Miranda’s considerable talent – and it shines in this soundtrack. “An Innocent Warrior” is profoundly beautiful and re-used again to great effect in the haunting “Know Who You Are” (that part of the movie gave me shivers). “We Know the Way” is a catchy song while still being respectful to the origin stories of the Polynesian people, and Miranda’s vocals are stellar. Of course, “You’re Welcome” will probably be the song all of the kids sing over and over – and it IS a fun song. I’m not sure why some people dislike “Shiny” – it’s the best! Miranda wrote it as a tribute to David Bowie, and the Tamatoa/crab character is so funny as portrayed by Jemaine Clement. What a great secondary villain – and his song too boot! No, it doesn’t “sound” like the rest of the soundtrack – but who says it’s supposed to? It’s fun…and so SHINY! Love Disney? Love Hawaii? Buy this soundtrack – you won’t regret it.” Reviewer ~ blackcattpratt
“Great soundtrack! This is one of the most comprehensive OSTs I’ve seen in years. I used to collect soundtracks, and stopped a few years ago due to relentless disappointment. I got tired of paying for OSTs with only half of the score from the movie, or even less at times. This OST is fantastic though– it has all the songs from the movie, almost all of the score, plus an impressive collection of bonus material. Definitely worth the price.” Reviewer ~ Amazon Customer
“I watched the movie for the first time, and I made it about 30 seconds into the scene with “We Know the Way” and I was on the website ordering this from Amazon. The songs are simply amazing. I love the rhythms, the harmonizing, all of the songs that had vocals were just so incredibly well done, they raise goosebumps when I hear them. And unlike so many other soundtracks out there that have all the rest of the score that is usually boring or annoying, this one is enjoyable through the whole thing. You can almost feel the ocean spray on your face when you crank this up. This has become my favorite Disney soundtrack now.” Reviewer ~ JDThird