Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Moana Is Lots of Fun in Paradise; with a Strong Female Lead

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Moana Is Lots of Fun in Paradise; with a Strong Female Lead

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DISNEY has a history of casting strong female leads in their movies and Moana continues that trend.

Opening to family audiences across the nation on Boxing Day, it's set to be a big hit with a heart as big as the Pacific Ocean.

Disney has been on a roll in the past few years with 'princess movies' Frozen, Brave and Cinderella. Moana is a welcome change, featuring a story that is original and fun, even though the title character is technically still a princess.

If you've ever been to Fiji, Samoa or Vanuatu, then be warned. Moana will make you want to book a tropical holiday back there before your slurpee has had a chance to melt; it's an animated paradise.

This is the story of Moana (voiced by Auli'i Cravalho), the 16-year-old daughter of the chief of Motunui where the islanders live a self-sufficient existence. She has a profound connection to the sea and yearns to venture out to the ocean, but she is not allowed.

Her father has one rule for the village: to never venture beyond the reef. But when her island is threatened by a terrible darkness, Moana breaks the rule and sets sail on an epic adventure to save her people and find the answers she's been searching for her whole life.

The story is inspired in part by the oral histories of the people and cultures of Oceania. Three thousand years ago, Polynesian voyagers travelled across the vast Pacific, discovering thousands of islands. But then, according to scholars, for approximately a millennium, their voyages stopped - and no one knows exactly why.

Moana's story is a tried and proven formula about finding out who you are, never giving up and the strength of family. But it's hard not to be mesmerised by the animation and songs as you are taken along on a tropical adventure that will please parents and kids alike.

The most memorable part of Moana, to be honest, is the animation. …

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