MOANA – An Adventure for the Entire Family – Blu-ray Review
Moana arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 7. I was able to review the Blu-ray this weekend and I can say this is one adventure that is perfect for the entire family.
I need to preface this review with the fact that I love animated films but am not a huge fan of musicals. I know, I know, this means I have no soul. I am not going to go into depth on why, it is just a personal preference. With that being said I actually enjoyed the songs in Moana.
Auli‘i Cravalho makes the film and is great as the voice of Moana. Disney always does a great job with finding voice talent. The Rock even does a solid job of singing in the film. I am a believer that if you add The Rock to any movie you are guaranteed a hit. Moana has a lot going for it, but I am willing to bet The Rock helped because of his large fan base. In my opinion the Fast and the Furious saga jumped up a notch when he joined the series.
Disney is the best at producing visually stunning animated films that capture the hearts and minds of audiences from around the world. They have set films throughout the globe, but this is the first time they have made a film that takes place in Hawaii. The culture of the islands is perfectly represented. I have only visited Hawaii once and I am craving a trip back even more because of Moana.
This Blu-ray is simply stunning. The blues of the ocean, the greens of the vegetation and the reds of the lava look amazing on my 4K TV. The sound quality is equally awesome. I love the scene with where the Coconuts attack Moana. You can hear the darts wizzing by.
If you saw Moana in theaters I would recommend reliving the adventure at home. Keep reading for the special features and a link to buy the Blu-ray below.
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings” – With introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
- Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
- Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of “Moana.”
- Things You Didn’t Know About …
- Meet the stars of “Moana” in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John.
- Meet the musical team behind “Moana” in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.
- They Know the Way: Making the Music of “Moana” – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.
- Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
- The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film.
- Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
- Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see.
- Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators.
- Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.
- Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes: Race the Wind/Ties that Bind; Discussing Moana’s Future; Under the Sea; Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui; Education of Moana; Father, Daughter, Boat; and Canoe Race.
- Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
- “How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
- Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings,” Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” and Audio Commentary