I had the chance to take Lucy & Zach to see Moana & in short, you need to go too!

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I love strong female characters. I love the example they teach my daughter (& also my son). Moana was determined, friendly, strong, brave & loved her family.  Moana is played by Auli’i Cravalho, a newcomer from Hawaii.

AULI‘I CRAVALHO lends her voice to the title character, MOANA, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

AULI‘I CRAVALHO lends her voice to the title character, MOANA, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana takes place in the Pacific & Pacific islands featuring lovable characters that you would expect from a Disney film.

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Hei Hei kept Lucy & Zach laughing & Pua was adorable (but not in the film all that much).

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Maui you’ll recognize is voiced by Dwayne Johnson who does a super job. He’s sarcastic, full of himself, brave, kinda crazy & super fun. Lucy & Zach both liked him & keep telling my husband about his tattoos.

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When I ask their favorite part, Lucy says she liked the mom, dad & grandma best. The dad Tui is the Island Chief. Moana does not call herself a princess, but instead the Chiefs daughter & next in line to be the chief.

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The island crazy lady, free spirited Grandma Tala, was one of my favorite characters. She helped encourage Moana to go live her dreams.

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Parents of littles be warned, in typical Disney fashion, someone does pass away but it’s beautifully told in the story.
Most of the action takes place while Moana is at sea. Zach ended up in my lap once Moana was in her boat. She & Maui do encounter 3 monsters on their epic adventure. The coconut monsters, the Kakamora, were cute, but they did cause Lucy to climb in my lap too.

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The sparkling hermit crab monster Tamatoa had us dancing in our seat (but Lucy reminds me that he was a bad guy). The music in this film was wonderful. I cannot wait to get the soundtrack.

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& the scariest monster of all, the lava monster, is who Zach now tells everyone is his favorite part of the movie! My 4.5 year olds weren’t overly afraid & left excited not nervous about the monsters, but I wouldn’t take younger ones that would get scared. My duo have actually asked to go watch Moana again already.

Lucy & Zach loved these Moana coloring pages, stars activity & Kakamora craft sheets & water safety tips from Moana. Hope your kiddos enjoy them too!

Hope you & your family have a great Thanksgiving weekend!