Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

House Right at Home; Actress Fell for the Hero in New Animated Film from Disney

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

House Right at Home; Actress Fell for the Hero in New Animated Film from Disney

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Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement.

Directors: Ron Clements, Don Hall.

Rating: PG

Reviewer's last word: Disney delivers another strong cinematic heroine in this Polynesian-inspired story about a young woman who answers the ocean's call to seek out a demigod to help her lift a terrible curse.

Star profile: Dwayne Johnson

Quirky fact: His $5.5 million pay cheque for The Scorpion King (2002) earned him a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records because his salary was the highest for any actor receiving top billing for the first time.

Best known for: San Andreas, Be Cool, The Scorpion King, Furious 6, Hercules.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Sing, Zootopia, Trolls, Brave.

Quote: "It's nice to be important but more important to be nice. I heard that from a friend when I was about 15, and I've never forgotten it."


with Seanna Cronin

MOANA, the latest animated feature film from Disney, is a story about a chief in the making rather than a princess.

Its titular character Moana (voiced by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho) is the teenage daughter of the village chief who must go in search of the Polynesian demigod Maui to reverse a curse plaguing their island.

It was a concept that immediately appealed to Maori actress and comedian Rachel House, who voices Moana's grandmother Tala.

"Right from the get go I loved her character," House tells Weekend.

"I loved how brave Moana was. Here is a character who doesn't care about anything romantic. She is looking out for the greater good. She could fail at any moment but that's the risk you take when you show true leadership. You might fail, but you get up again. That's the journey."

It is Moana's grandmother who encourages her to leave the safety of her island and its surrounding reef, against her father's wishes, to embrace the spirit of her ocean-faring ancestors to find Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson).

"I think she believed that it would become clear eventually when the right person would come and I imagine she sensed it in Moana straight away," House says. …

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