Published October 24, 2021


Film info

  • Title Moana
  • Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Year 2016
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family
  • Tagline The ocean is calling

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once mighty demigod Maui, and together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:59 Age-inappropriate storytelling!
6:50 Weird little Abyss reference there.
12:30 I want a pet pig!
20:20 “Whatever just happened, blame it on the pig.”
32:11 I thought she would have taken the bigger boat.
33:15 Screaming chicken is funny.
40:59 Ah, the song that made us watch this in the first place. We are welcome!
41:50 “Boat snack!”
45:31 The coconut pirates are ridiculous.
48:37 Can we have a film about the coconut pirates please? Like minions but coconutty.
52:25 “If you wear a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.”
1:04:04 The singing crab clearly wants to be David Bowie!
1:20:16 Little Jedi visit from grandma.
1:31:13 “The chicken lives.”


After seeing Ugo & Oti’s dance to You’re Welcome during Movie Week in this year’s Strictly, we realised it’s about time we got round to watching Moana. It’s been on the list for a while, (why wouldn’t you want to watch The Rock being a demigod and singing musicals numbers?) but it took this motivation to actually get round to watching it.

The animation is gorgeous, the setting divine, and the first half of the film is absolutely brilliant. I didn’t even notice that the songs were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, except perhaps the rap in the aforementioned Rock song, but it was all good enough to keep me engrossed. Things went off the rails a bit towards the end, specifically once Maui left her alone. Then it seemed the more I thought about it, the less it made sense. Why couldn’t she just do it all herself? Come to that, why couldn’t the somehow sentient ocean just have returned the heart itself? In the end, if Maui hadn’t come back, you have to think she could have done it anyway, so does he suffer from that Indiana Jones it-all-would-have-happened-without-him-anyway problem?

Ultimately, the trick is not to think about it too much and just revel in the glory and the colour, and the ridiculous chicken and the coconut pirates. That stuff was fantastic.

Rating: 3 / 5

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