Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney. I received an all-expense paid trip from Disney so that I could gather and share this information about Moana on Blu-ray. However, all experiences and opinions are always 100% my own as this post is written by me in its entirety.
For 15 years of my life it was all about the boys – which for my son included every sport you can name and then some. When Emily came along I was over the moon excited to finally have someone to live vicariously through. She’s a girly girl, but a competitive one. She wants to be a girl pirate, but with a dress. She wants to be a cowgirl, but with a dress. It was clear without a doubt from the first trailer that she was going to want to be Moana. Fearless, brave, smart…all while wearing a skirt! Which is why I couldn’t wait for the release of Moana on Blu-ray so we could add it to our collection.
Finding Your Own Identity
What I hadn’t been expecting was just how much
she we would take away from this movie. Like Moana, her heritage, her culture, her lineage is what shapes her, what makes her the fearless, brave, smart young woman she is. Our culture is similar to hers in that we value our community, our network, our history. The story of Moana takes everything just a step further and says you must also cherish your surroundings and be one with the nature around you. Moana is on a mission to reunite the land with what was taken from it to save her people. But to do so she must seek the help of Maui the demig-d to learn the ways of a master wayfinder – and her identity.
The girls have watched Moana over and over – and I encourage you to introduce your little ones to her as well. In case you missed it in the theatres, Disney’s Moana has finally hit store shelves with the release of Moana on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD! Disney is back with another amazing animated feature which takes you on an adventure with a strong-willed girl sailing across the great oceans on a quest to save her people – and along the way finds herself.
Moana Official Trailer
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.
Moana is an animated comedy/adventure, is rated PG and has a run time of 107 minutes.
Cast: Rachel House, Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Oscar Kightley, Troy Polamalu, Puanani Cravalho, Louise Bush
Don’t miss these incredible bonus features included with your purchase of Moana on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital 3D/HD/SD:
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.
DVD: Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings,” Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” and Audio Commentary
Moana on Blu-ray is available for order now using my affiliate link on Amazon or Disney Movies Anywhere. The Moana movie is a definite must add to your Disney movie collection for the entire family to watch. All photos courtesy of Disney.
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