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January 17, 2017

Moana: Singalong to hit theaters, plus bonus features for home versions revealed


Need more Pua and Hei-Hei (not to mention Moana and Maui) in your life ? Well, you’re in luck.

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Moana fans will get another opportunity to see the animated film in movie theaters. A singalong version returns to the big screen at about 2,000 theaters on Jan. 27.

Not all Disney animated movies receive this star treatment. The reason Moana is getting a second go-round with audiences? According to, “Moana has already earned $225 million domestic, making it the fourth-biggest non-Pixar Disney animated offering ever in North America, behind only Zootopia ($341million), Frozen ($400 million) and The Lion King ($422 million including the 3D reissue). It has earned $450m worldwide.” (You can read my movie review here.)

The website also points to Moana’s soundtrack, which is No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Much of the original music has been developed in collaboration with Hamilton composer and actor Lin-Manual Miranda, so it’s no surprise that it is a big hit.


In addition, Walt Disney Animation Studios is giving fans a sneak peek at the bonus content they will receive with home versions of the movie. Perhaps most exciting is that there will be a new mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui, as well as deleted scenes and a deleted song.

Moana will be available on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Feb. 21 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.

On,Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and Digital 3D/HD/SD, consumers will get:

** 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.”

** 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” – 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.

The DVD-only version will have “Inner Workings” short, “How Far I’ll Go” music video and audio commentary.


November 23, 2016

Disney movie review: Moana takes audience on entertaining voyage


Disney’s “Moana” was worth the wait.

My 12-year-old daughter had been anticipating this animated movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios since she heard about it more than a year ago. Not only does she like the Disney princesses but she also loves all things related to Hawaii. This seemed like the perfect marriage of her favorites.

But you don’t have to have an interest in either, as in the case of my 14-year-old son, to thoroughly enjoy “Moana.” That’s because the story is engrossing and the animation breath-taking. Plus, much of the original music has been developed in collaboration with “Hamilton” composer and actor Lin-Manual Miranda.


The story fully develops the growth of a Hawaiian princess (voiced by Auli'i Cravalho) –- though not yet an official Disney Princess – who resists her role as a leader expected to do what her predecessors have always done. When her people are in danger because their Hawaiian island of Motunui is not able to produce enough food, Moana must set out to break her father’s rule of “not going beyond the reef” in order to save them.

We see early in the movie that Moana has a mind of her own, and indeed she is a strong female role model throughout the movie. Moana is determined and courageous. She may be a princess, but Moana sure doesn’t want to be treated like one. She very much takes offense when Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the demigod and shapeshifter she must confront, says, “If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a Princess.” But perhaps what I like best about the example Moana sets is that her character is one that does not need a prince (or romance) to be successful. Writer Jared Bush crafted her from the same mold as the plucky Merida in “Brave.”


One of things that sets Moana apart, though, is her special bond with the ocean, and it’s those scenes in which the animation really shines, thanks to directors Ron Clements and John Musker. To say the ocean is an actual character in the movie would not be an overstatement. It certainly has a sparkling personality of its own. And, we discover, Moana comes from a long line of sea-voyaging navigators who all have had an ongoing relationship with the ocean, though perhaps not as special as hers.

The previously mentioned Maui is a central character because he inadvertently caused Motunui’s food shortage, which was the revenge of the lava monster Te Ka. About 1,000 years ago the demigod stole a magical object, and Moana needs his assistance – and that of his fishhook that allows him to shapeshift – to return it and restore balance to her island.

This movie has a lot of funny moments, many of which are brought about by Pua the pig and Hei Hei the unbelievably dumb chicken. At our screening, adults and children alike laughed frequently throughout the movie.

“Moana” is rated PG for “peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements.” The images in question involve the reappearance of the lava monster, but they really are not that frightening, in this parent’s opinion.

By the way, make sure to stay in your seat through the credits or you will miss out.

Disney has attached the short “Inner Workings” to “Moana.” The official description is that this “is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half.” Of course, those of us who have seen Pixar’s “Inside Out” immediately will make comparisons. Although the short is mildly entertaining, it doesn’t compare to “Inside Out” or other recent shorts, for that matter. “Inner Workings” blends computer-generated and traditional hand-drawn animation.

DISCLAIMER: I viewed “Inner Workings” and “Moana” at a media screening before its official release. This did not affect my review; my opinions are my own.


November 22, 2016

LeSportsac introduces Wave Reader bag collection based on Disney's Moana


As a fan of collaborations between The Walt Disney Co. and designer bag manufacturers, I was excited to see the newest line from LeSportsac. The Wave Reader Collection features Moana from the animated movie of the same name that will be released this week. But you can get the LeSportsac bags now.

LeSportsac is known for its lightweight, durable bags. The brand features lines not just of handbags, but also backpacks, baby essentials and travel systems. They all are convenient for packing because they can be folded up inside each other, or a suitcase, and brought out as needed. I love that idea for travel that might include souvenir shopping!


The new Moana collection Wave Reader is a store exclusive, meaning that it must be purchased at a LeSportsac store rather than online, and some pieces are exclusive to Hawaii retail locations. However, you can call the Santa Monica, Calif., store, which is the only store in the continental United States to carry the collection, at 310-899-6876 to place an order for the items that are not Hawaii exclusives. Products can be shipped within the continental United States and Alaska. Plus, LeSportsac is offering free ground shipping for the rest of November.


The Wave Reader collection includes the following sihouettes: Rectangular Cosmetic ($28), 3-zip Cosmetic ($28), Travel Cosmetic ($29), Lily Wallet ($65), Basic Backpack ($118), Medium Weekender ($138) and Large Weekender ($144). In addition, the Mini Crossbody Picture Tote in Bold Adventure features Moana ($78). The Hawaii exclusives include a Small Cleo Crossbody, Mini Basic Backpack, Classic Hobo, Deluxe Everyday Bag and EveryGirl Tote. In addition, the Hawaii stores carry a Rectangular Cosmetic bag in Ocean Spirit, which also feature a single image of Moana.


Moana is not the first Disney character that has inspired a collaboration with LeSportsac. It’s not even the first Polynesian print! One of the most popular collections was one based on Mary Blair’s it’s a small world attraction at Disney Parks that came in many different prints, including Polynesian Paradise.

Currently, the LeSportsac Minnie Mouse prints Vacation Paradise, Sing and Sway, Minnie’s Paradise, Love in Paradise, Hula Hibiscus and Minnie Hula, Mickey Loves Minnie, Love Check, Springtime Outing and Love at First Sight are on sale.

Already intrigued by Moana? Check back tomorrow for my movie review.


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