Disney's Moana

Disney’s Moana

MoanaMoana, Disney’s latest animated movie, is about a girl who knows she was made for more than her father is training her to be. She loves her people and her home, but she feels an internal pull toward a different destiny. Moana is a beautifully told and artistically animated tale that is part comedy, part adventure, and part coming of age story.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she 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 featuring newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana is a movie for the entire family. Dwayne Johnson is entertaining as Maui and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho is captivating as the voice of Moana. My daughter and I both enjoyed this movie but I think it meant much more to me than it did to her. Let me explain.

Moana is not your typical princess movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional princess movies. The idea of having a handsome man sweep me up and rescue me from a dull existence is truly magical (thanks, honey). But now I have a daughter. An elementary-aged daughter who is figuring out who she is and what it means to be a girl. There is nothing wrong with being rescued by your man, but it sure is nice that today’s girls are learning they can be strong and that they can be the heroes, too. I did not realize how much this meant to me until I teared up giving my thoughts on the movie after a press preview I attended. “Girls can be strong, too” I said. And the tears came, which is totally out of character for me.

Go see this movie. Take your daughters and your sons. Enjoy the story, the artistry, the music, and the laughs.

Rating: PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements.

Worth seeing in 3D? Yes.

Scene after the credits? Yes.


About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Debra Wagner says

    I want to see this movie.. Sounds wonderful. I love 3D and I am glad to know there is a scene after the credits, so I am not waiting after the movie looking like a nut just sitting sitting in the dark.. Lol

  2. I have a three-year-old son, but I will definitely be taking him to this movie. Everybody enjoys an action-packed movie. Whether it’s a girl or boy, it’s a Disney movie so I’m sure will love it. Thanks for the review.

  3. Kay Stamps says

    This movie sounds fantastic. Disneys movies are. so fun. My girls and even my son will enjoy i’m sure