One of my favorite family traditions is after eating all the turkey and pie we can we see a movie on Thanksgiving. Last Thanksgiving we went to see Disney’s Moana. I had been counting down the weeks for this movie to come out since I saw the first preview for it. Everyone was so excited, and our expectations were high for this one. Moana quickly became one of my top favorite Disney movies, and we went to see it two more times in theaters. Disney’s Moana is now on Digital HD and Blu-ray, and it has been on repeat ever since.
Moana is the story of a spirited teenage girl. Moana is brave and outgoing. She sets sail to try to save her people by finding the demigod Maui. My kids have loved watching Moana over and over again. It is such a great story of being brave and remembering who you are. I love that Moana isn’t a typical Disney princess. I love all the super girlie traditional Disney princess movies too, but Moana is so refreshing. She is strong, tough, and discovers what she was born to do on her own.
The Blu-ray also includes some amazing features that we have enjoyed watching. They include:
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital 3D/HD/SD:
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings” – With introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
- Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
- Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of “Moana.”
- Things You Didn’t Know About …
- Meet the stars of “Moana” in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John.
- Meet the musical team behind “Moana” in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.
- They Know the Way: Making the Music of “Moana” – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.
- Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
- The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film.
- Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
- Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see.
- Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators.
- Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.
- Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes: Race the Wind/Ties that Bind; Discussing Moana’s Future; Under the Sea; Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui; Education of Moana; Father, Daughter, Boat; and Canoe Race.
- Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
- “How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
- Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.DVD:
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings,” Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” and Audio Commentary
My very favorite short is in the bonus features. The short “Inner Workings,” is hilarious and so witty. I have watched Moana a dozen times now, and I still think it is so funny. I also really loved “Making the music of Moana.” I cannot say enough about how amazing the music is. We have had the soundtrack on repeat. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina, and Opetaia Foa’i wrote the music together and did a fantastic job. It was fascinating watching them get inspiration and write together.
My kids loved watching about the Easter Eggs in this movie. We found a few on our own, but there were quite a few that we missed! They also really liked watching the behind the scenes with the “Voice of the Islands” bonus feature. It was so interesting watching how our favorite characters Moana played by Auli‘i Cravalho and Maui played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were cast.
You can have even more Moana fun by clicking the picture below. There are so many Island Crafts my kids there.
Disney’s Moana is such a great movie with amazing music and so much fun adventure. The whole family will love watching Moana together. You can find it on Blu-ray, and Digital HD at Amazon, Target, and Walmart.