Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedyadventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 56th Disney animated feature film. The film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. The film features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.
Featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk, the film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of the chief in a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of saving her people.
Moana was released theatrically in the United States on November 23, 2016 in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, D-Box, and premium large formats. The film, along with Zootopia, marks the first time since 2002 that Walt Disney Animation Studios has released two feature films in the same year. The film received positive reviews, with particular attention directed to its animation, music, and voice cast. The film has grossed over $287 million worldwide.
In the beginning, when there was only ocean, Te Fiti, an island goddess, emerged. Te Fiti’s heart, a small pounamu stone, possessed the power to create life and raise islands. But it also attracted monsters who tried to steal it for its creative power. It was stolen by the demigod Maui, who planned to give it to humanity as a gift. Upon removing the stone, Te Fiti was enveloped in darkness. As Maui made his escape, he was attacked by the lava demon Te Kā, causing the heart to become lost in the ocean along with his magical fishhook.
A millennium later, a young Moana Waialiki, the daughter and heir of a chief on the small Polynesian island of Motunui, is chosen by the ocean to receive the heart as she is collecting shells on the shore. Her father, Chief Tui, insists the island provides everything the villagers might need. But a few years later, the fish become scarce, coconuts begin to spoil, and the island’s vegetation begins to die. Moana proposes going beyond the reef to find more fish. Tui angrily rejects her request, as sailing beyond the reef is forbidden. Moana’s mother Sina confesses that Tui fears the ocean because he lost his best friend when they attempted to sail together beyond the reef.
Moana’s grandmother, Gramma Tala finds Moana on the beach after a failed attempt to sail the ocean and shows Moana a secret cave hidden behind a waterfall. She finds a fleet of outrigger sailing canoes, revealing that the island’s ancestors were seafaring voyagers. Tala gives Moana the heart of Te Fiti, which she has kept safe for her granddaughter ever since she was chosen by the ocean, and shows her that the darkness unleashed by Maui’s theft is now consuming the island.
Tala suddenly falls ill and with her dying breaths tells Moana to set sail. Moana departs in a drua to find Maui with her “stupid” pet chicken Heihei, an accidental stowaway. A manta ray, implied to be Tala’s reincarnation, follows Moana. Moana follows a constellation that looks like Maui’s fishhook, but a huge typhoon wave flips her sailboat and knocks her unconscious. She wakes up the next morning on a small island inhabited by Maui, who distracts Moana by boasting of his exploits, traps her in a cave, and begins to set sail in her sailboat in search of his fishhook. After escaping the cave, Moana tries to convince Maui to return the heart, but Maui refuses, fearing that its power will attract other dark creatures.
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