Moana (2016)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 23, 2016
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.

Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

This is Disney's way of having its formulaic cake and eating it, too: "We know what we're doing here, and we know that you know it, too. So please stop fretting and enjoy while the pieces fall into place."

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Story of Pacific Islander girl on a quest benefits from Dwayne Johnson's comic timing and a Lin-Manuel Miranda soundtrack

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Danielle Solzman
Solzy at the Movies

Moana is the 56th animated film to be released by Walt Disney Animation Studios and it continues the studio's reign of animated hits as it enters Disney lore.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

The narrative is a fairly predictable hero's journey -- Maui even calls her "The Chosen One" -- but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course.

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Andrew Lapin

The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific.

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Nihit Bhave
The Times of India

Moana literally means 'the ocean' and as the heroine conquers her namesake, she also conquers your heart. You won't regret setting sail and voyaging with her.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

[Moana] is beautiful in more ways than I can tell, thanks to the brilliance of more animators than I could count.

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Courtney Howard
Fresh Fiction

The animated musical-action-adventure will leave you feeling encouraged and empowered. It's joyous and flawless - fitting, as our heroine embodies the same qualities.

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Nate Zoebl
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Kevin M. Williams
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Eugene Bernabe
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