“Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho took to Twitter early Tuesday to react to a “Reopen Hawaii” demonstration from this previous weekend. Retweeting a clip from a local news reporter, the native Hawaiian noted the protestors were comprised primarily of one particular group.“Not a single Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) to be seen,” wrote the actress on Twitter in response to video of locals protesting the state’s new order to stay and work at home.“My thoughts haven’t left the multi generational households,” the 19-year-old actress went on, referring to higher death rates among older people who contract the coronavirus and concerns about children carrying it. “The young and able need to protect the old. Protect our kupuna!!!”Also Read: Trump Defends 17-Year-Old Vigilante Charged With Murder of 2 Kenosha Protesters“Kupuna” is a word that means “grandparent” or “ancestor.”As the coronavirus has rocked the American economy and way of life by leading to shutdowns, stay-at-home orders and most non-esssential workers working from home, there have been protests against the lockdowns from Americans who want to resume their old way of life.According to Eddie Dowd, the reporter whose video Cravalho shared, there were “hundreds” of people on the scene in Honolulu to protest the restrictions Saturday. Footage of the event from another account did show a small group of Native Hawaiians protesting.You can see Cravalho’s tweet below:Not a single Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) to be seen. https://t.co/NoXDpcbFO1— Auli'i Cravalho (@auliicravalho) September 1, 2020Read original story ‘Moana’ Star Criticizes ‘Reopen Hawaii’ Protestors: Not a Single Native Hawaiian Seen At TheWrap
The Rock revealed that he performs the rap from his 'Moana' song 'You're Welcome' as he washes her hands.
New research has analysed the number of times some of the most popular Disney songs have been played on Spotify to reveal the world’s favourite Disney songs.With the release of Toy Story 4 and the upcoming Lion King remake, the buzz around Disney and its famous soundtracks is bigger than ever, but it’s their most recent releases that dominate the most-listened chart.7 of the films featured in the top 10 were released after 2005, and the number 1 song is VERY number 1. For more details on the research conducted by Play Like Mum, and the full top 50 Disney songs click here.
Top films released between 2014 and 2017 earned more at the box office, despite the recent fall-out over male stars being paid more than women.
How far did Moana go from the initial drawing-board version? With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character. As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.
Secret ending? Yes.Running time: 113 minutes (~2 hours)“Moana” is an animated comedy adventure musical based on Polynesian mythology.The headstrong daughter of a chieftain sets out on a quest to save her island and the mortal realm by enlisting a demigod’s help, and discovers that there is more to the world than her island.It features the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Dwayne Johnson (Maui), Rachel House (Gramma Tala), Temuera Morrison (Chief Tui Waialiki), Nicole Scherzinger (Sina Waialiki), Jemaine Clement (Tamatoa), and Alan Tudyk (Heihei). It is rated PG.“Moana” may seem like an attempt by Disney to be as politically correct and inclusive as possible, but don’t let that prevent you from giving it a chance. It’s an encouraging and hopeful tale of taking the path less travelled, with a heroine that triumphs because of her character, rather than super powers. Of course, she gets some supernatural help, but it wouldn’t be a true Disney movie without some magic.HighlightsHeihei is hilariousEven the director calls Heihei “the dumbest character in the history of Disney animation” — there’s no mistaking his absolute lack of intelligence. His perpetual confusion is strategically played for laughs, especially when it comes to the frustration of other characters. It’s easy to go overboard with such characters, yet “Moana” never descends into slapstick with Heihei. Heihei is the dumbest and funniest Disney character to have been created in a long time.Beautiful lighting and water effectsWhen the ocean itself is a character, you know that the animators have paid close attention to the water effects in the film, rendering it both lifelike and lovely to behold. “Moana” is mostly set on beaches and oceans, and the way the sunlight plays on the characters as they sail through the oceans is truly evocative of sand and sea, while being exquisite in how it highlights the characters’ faces. Light and water combine to make this one of the more vivid Disney settings to date.Themes of identity and belongingI have no qualms in admitting that I like Disney songs, and the theme song is one that grows on you throughout the film, with my viewing partner even humming “How Far I’ll Go” post-movie. And no wonder — the themes of the film, that of identity and belonging, is particularly relevant given the state of the world today. It’s not a foolhardy “follow your heart” message either, since the story emphasises the Moana must be ready and have the proper tools before she can go in search of what she wants.LetdownsMaui is one of Disney’s worst characters If Heihei is the funniest Disney character, then Maui is undoubtedly the worst. Character-wise, he’s obnoxious, self-centred, and fickle-minded, with no redeeming qualities. He leaves and comes back with such astounding speed that it adds an unintentionally humorous tone in what should impactful, emotional scenes. Then we have his character design. His beady eyes, cocksure smile, and arched eyebrows make up one of the ugliest Disney characters to grace the silver screen. What exactly were the creators thinking when they thought of Maui?Plot holes galoreThe ocean is a horribly lazy deus ex machina that the writers use when they write themselves into unsolvable holes. Unfortunately, the entire movie takes place in the ocean, which makes you wonder why the ocean didn’t just solve its own problems if it’s capable of *spoiler*? Plot-wise, there are so many inconsistencies. Maui mentions other gods — so what are they doing as the world goes to ruin? How did the primary antagonist get his name, given his origins? Why does Chief Tui not use the incredibly sturdy seafaring craft that he clearly knows about instead of a flimsy raft in his backstory? It hurts if you think too much about it.“Moana” will be remembered for its great and terrible characters.Should you watch this at weekday movie ticket prices? Yes.Should you watch this at weekend movie ticket prices? If you like Disney films. Score: 3.5/5“Moana” opens in cinemas:– 24 November, 2016 (Singapore)– 1 December, 2016 (Malaysia)– 30 November, 2016 (Philippines) Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He's also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.
Disney Animation’s latest big screen adventure ‘Moana’ is set to hit screens worldwide very soon – but it won’t be appearing under that title everywhere. In Italy, the animated feature will be renamed ‘Oceania,’ as its original title has associations with somewhat less family friendly entertainment. After working in porn throughout the 1980s, she also moved into writing and even politics in the 1990s, co-founding the Love Party of Italy and running for mayor of Rome.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has not only won over the global box office, but our hearts too as he was crowned People’s sexiest man alive, 2016. The action star won the title as he beat off stiff competition from the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brad Pitt, and a host of famous names which caps off a pretty remarkable year for the WWE star turned Hollywood hero.
Disney’s latest is getting rave reviews ahead of its anticipated release, with critics heaping praise on the “crowd-pleasing oceanic musical” ‘Moana’. 'Moana’ is about a young Polynesian woman of the same name (Auli'i Cravalho), who travels to a fabled island, aided by her idol, the legendary demi-God Maui (Dwayne 'The Rock’ Johnson).
Disney are going from strength to strength when it comes to their movie output but with two months of 2016 left they’ve already had their best ever year. While ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ isn’t part of the episodic instalments, the spin-off is still predicted to do very well. The question is, will it go toe-to-toe with last year’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?
It would seem this song is a good representation of Johnson’s character, a Polynesian demigod of legend with a somewhat inflated opinion of himself – and while we’re not about to confuse the wrestler-turned-movie star’s dulcet tones with those of Indina Menzel, he handles himself pretty well.
It’s been three years since Disney Animation Studios released ‘Frozen’, the most successful animated movie of all time, during which time the studio has also released ‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘Zootropolis’ (both big hits in their own rights), all while simultaneously developing its most technically complex movie to date. ‘Moana’ doesn’t just mark the return to the world of musicals for the animation giant, it also marks the return of two of Disney’s most successful co-directors John Musker and Ron Clements, with the filmmakers responsible for ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘The Princess and the Frog’, making their first ever CG-animated movie. “The majority of the movie is set at sea”, explains producer Osnat Shurer.
A new play suit made by Disney for its new movie ‘Moana’ has been slammed for its use of traditional Polynesian tribal tattoos. The costume is an outfit for the character Maui, the demi-god, played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in the film, and has got the Mouse House in hot water for cultural appropriation. “Your little one will set off on adventures in this Maui Costume featuring the demigod’s signature tattoos, rope necklace and island-style skirt.
It’s no secret that animated movies tend to bring in big business at the box office nowadays, as Illumination and Universal’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ has proven. Released in early July, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’has now taken over $800 million worldwide, currently sitting on just shy of $805 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Looking at ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ and its fairly modest budget (in comparison) of $75 million, it perhaps makes its feat a tad more impressive.
There’s not long until Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Disney adventure ‘Moana’ hits cinemas, so here’s a roundup of what to expect from the movie that could challenge for Best Animation Oscar next year. ‘The Little Mermaid’s’ Ron Clements and John Musker co-direct this sea-based adventure for Disney who are on something of a role over the past few years, with mega hits such as ‘Frozen’, ‘Big Hero 6′, and this year’s ‘Zootropolis’ under their belt. Throw in Best Animation Oscars the past four years (including Pixar) and huge praise from critics and long term fans, anything released by The Mouse House is a massively exciting prospect and ‘Moana’ is no different.
It’s official – Disney’s ‘Moana’ has unveiled its voice cast. Set across a series of islands throughout the South Pacific, ‘Moana’ follows the adventures of a young, spirited teenager who wants to prove herself as a master wayfinder, by finishing her ancestor’s quests. “She’s got some serious guts,” said Cravalho about her character.
The film’s directors John Musker and Ron Clements have revealed that ‘Moana’ instead would focus on the film’s 16-year-old titular heroine “finding herself”. The film will feature new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of broadway smash ‘Hamilton’, and is coming to cinemas this December. This is the second film in a row from the Walt Disney Animation Studios that has eschewed the notion that animated films need romantic subplots, with ‘Zootropolis’ also not featuring a love story at its centre.
Maui was the powerful Polynesian demi-god who used the jaw-bone of his ancestor to fish very islands from the depths of the ocean. The character, being voiced by Dwanye 'The Rock’ Johnson, himself of Polynesian lineage, was revealed last week in the first proper glimpse of the forthcoming animation (itself criticised because Disney decided to unveil the male character before the female of the title).
It’s all a bit blink and you’ll miss it, but here’s our first sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming animated movie ‘Moana,’ showing the title character and her companion Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) in action.
For a while now, Disney has teased us with very little info on its upcoming animation ‘Moana’. However, this month’s D23 Expo gave fans a bit more to go on, so we can consider our appetites suitably whet.
The newest Disney princess has just been announced. It used to be that Disney princesses were damsels in distress who were in need of rescuing. From The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana to Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, these queen bees are speaking to a new generation of girls who dream of ruling their own empires instead of just frolicking around in pretty gowns, bippity-boppity-do.
On Friday afternoon (and into the evening) at Disney’s fan-centric D23 fest, John Lasseter held court, unveiling the slate of animated features coming from Disney and Pixar. Over the course of nearly three hours, a parade of filmmakers and stars presented concept art, test animation, finished clips, and live music from eight different works, including the newest princess film, Moana, and the hugely anticipated sequels Finding Dory and Toy Story 4. Finding Dory will be huge (and finally make Ellen DeGeneres happy).