Dis­ney’s mu­si­cal take on a South Seas ad­ven­ture

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A breezy an­i­mated mu­si­cal which takes in­spi­ra­tion from Poly­ne­sian myth for its tale of Moana, a feisty young hero­ine (voiced by Hawai­ian teenager Auli’i Cravalho) who sets off on an ocean-go­ing quest to save her peo­ple. To do so, she must ca­jole shape-shift­ing demigod Maui (a per­fectly cast Dwayne John­son) into help­ing her... A suc­ces­sor to

Frozen, Dis­ney’s lat­est princessy ad­ven­ture re­ally gets go­ing when John­son’s ras­cally demigod comes on board. His body cov­ered with tat­toos ad­ver­tis­ing his past ex­ploits, he is boast­ful and self­ish, but his ami­ably bois­ter­ous swag­ger makes him like­able, too. The film’s an­i­ma­tion is splen­did and its hu­mour in­fec­tious, while the South Sea is­land set­ting is re­fresh­ingly un­usual. Dirs: Ron Cle­ments, Don Hall,

John Musker, Chris Wil­liams 2016, PG, 110min

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