Moana (2016) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Moana (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Some scenes may scare small children.

  • The pitch:

    I never knew The Rock had so much heart.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Oscar Kightley

  • Directed by:

    Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)


    Characters are shot at (arrows/darts/fireballs), hit with tranquiliser darts, punched/struck from the sky, thrown overboard, near-drowned, trapped underwater, grabbed, urinated on (comic), slapped, ear-pulled, hit/prodded with objects, shut in a cave, flicked, throat-grabbed, pursued, tackled, head-slammed, swooped by winged monsters, near-eaten, thrown through the air/against rocks, caged, hair-grabbed, dragged. A character tells how a baby was rejected by its mother and thrown into the sea. Boats capsize. A chicken accidentally sets its tail feathers on fire. A monster character eats another monster. Explosion. Theft. Inescapable death, suicide mission, killing/cooking a chicken, murdering pirates, I will smite you, he will kill you, human sacrifice, I ate my grandma, tear you apart, time to take apart your heart, I'm not killing myself mentioned. Yelling, shouting, roaring, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Tongue, hands chopped off. Bruise/graze on foot. A character's skin turns black/ashen when splashed with water. Characters wear necklaces made of teeth, a girl is imprisoned in a cage made from bones. Tattooing. A baby faints. A girl sees apparitions of her dead ancestors. Rotten/diseased fruit seen. Burning and eating eel, ripped off his leg mentioned.


    Shirtless villagers/children. Hugging.




    Oh sh--arkhead. Butt, heinie, pee. Name-calling (crazy lady, mentally challenged, lying/slimy/sonofa--, bottom feeder, princess, buttercup, bait, chicken, funny-looking, dumb, etc). Religious references.


    Legends, identity, family, Disney princesses, voyagers, shapeshifting, wayfinding, grandmothers, mental illness, bravery, responsibility, elders, ancestors, hero worship, demigods, forgiveness.


    Dead mother/grandmother. Dead best friend (drowning). Hawk, lizard, beetle, birds, turtles, stingrays, fish, chickens, pig, dolphins, whale, crab. Giant volcanic demon; monsters with multiple limbs, wings, claws, sharp pincers, thorns. Fireworks (opening credits), lightning, thunder, black/shadowy darkness, rolling black clouds, waterfall. Pork, fish eaten. Regurgitation, spitting/spurting water. Post-credits scene (stay right until the very, very end!)


    Dazzling, delightful, pitch-perfect, charming, modern, special, colourful, vibrant, inventive, charming, crowd-pleasing, entertaining, progressive, crisp, sweet, sunny, poignant, cheerful, fresh. Smart/diverse/convincing/fiery/spirited heroine, terrific voice cast, stunning/state-of-the-art/breathtaking/beautiful/vivid animation, traditional storytelling, witty screenplay, infectious/soul-stirring/mighty/buoyant/catchy/emotional/original/propulsive songs, lush landscapes, zany Mad Max Fury Road-style coconut sequence, brilliant cameo from Jemaine Clement, culturally sensitive, pleasing messages about identity and eco-awareness.


    Formulaic, safe, low-stakes. A little episodic/dull in parts.

MOANA is preceeded by short film INNER WORKINGS featuring cartoon images of inside the human body (brain, heart, veins, lungs, etc), man in shower, people in swimwear, urination, coffins/funerals, man electrocuted/eaten by shark/growing obese then having a fatal heart attack/laughed at/chopped up by a falling chainsaw (implied)/knocked over by giant wave and themes of ageing, happiness, monotony, work/life balance.

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