Kids Summer Film Series:
Disney’s animators have outdone themselves this time out. Moana
is a wonderfully animated – in every sense of the word – tale of youthful female empowerment that dazzles the eye with an oceanic kaleidoscope of bioluminescent color, catchy songs, and a perfectly suited vocal cast. The Disney “princess template” is in full effect, but it suits the narrative and this time there’s no real love story to get in the way of Moana’s headlong quest. That involves leaving her beloved island and setting sail in search of the demigod Maui (Johnson), who has stolen a magical stone from the gods. Together, they must work to return the stolen stone back to its rightful place. It’s rough sailing out in the real world these days, but Moana
’s moral message – never give up and you’ll discover anything is possible if you cooperate rather than compete – feels exactly right for both kids and their parents right about now. Read a full review of Moana.