Moana is a wholesome, beautiful tale of self-discovery and identity, complemented by a gorgeous soundtrack that could very well make it the next Frozen.

It’s the heartfelt story of a Polynesian chief’s daughter who isn’t filling her father’s shoes. Moana (voiced by newcomer Auil’i Cravalho) is destined to take over from her dad, even if all she dreams about is to be out on the ocean.

Her island home is in trouble, however, for long ago, the Demigod Maui (a cheerful Dwayne Johnson in his voice-acting debut) removed the Heart of Te Fiti – the life force of the region. Without the stone, the crops are failing, the plants are dying, and the fish are nowhere to be found. To restore the island, Moana must hunt down Maui and his enchanted fishhook, gifted to him by the gods.

Moana is quintessential Disney, full of jokes for the parents and occasionally a real tearjerker, as our young protagonist tries to work out her place in the world – through the preferred medium of song, of course.

From the soundtrack penned by the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’I to the joy of Dwayne Johnson in a Disney film, there’s a lot to love about the studio’s newest, instant classic. Keep an eye out, too, for a Johnson musical number and a post-credits scene that acknowledges a certain Disney/Pixar film set under the sea…

star-4In cinemas: December 26, 2016
Starring: The voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Directed by: Ron Clements, Don Hall