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Moana review: Disney sets sail for another hit

By Damon Smith

Published 02/12/2016

Solid gold: Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and Moana (Auli’i Cravalho)
Solid gold: Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and Moana (Auli’i Cravalho)

Moana Waialiki (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) is the daughter of Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison) and has been groomed since birth to lead her people on Motunui island. However, she feels a strong calling to the sea, which angers her father, who believes the tropical paradise can sustain their tribe.

Moana’s wise grandmother Tala (Rachel House) fills the girl’s head with wild stories about the demi-god Maui, who stole the heart of the island goddess Te Fiti and lost this precious green stone during a battle with lava demon Te Ka.

The old woman encourages Moana to seek out Maui and restore Te Fiti’s missing heart in order to bring prosperity to the island.

With the wind in her sail and a witless rooster called Heihei (Alan Tudyk) by her side, Moana ventures over the reef for the first time in search of Maui (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson).

Moana is another solid gold hit from Disney’s animation studio, marrying self-realisation and broad comedy to dizzying effect.

Four stars

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