Review: Moana (2016/PG)

We’ve seen it before when Disney releases two of the same genre films in the same year. In 2003 it was films based on there theme park rides, Pirates of the Carribean in the summer and the Haunted Mansion in the autumn of the year, with the later being the lesser of the two films. In 2016 Disney did it again but this time with the animated film genre with Zootopia in the spring and Moana in the autumn. 

With the setup it begs the question is Moana the weaker of the two?  Well the answer is, what do you prefer, a straight up animated comedy like Zootopia, or in the case of Moana an epic Broadway style film.  While we like some songs when they are weaved into the story like the Little Mermaid, or Aladdin did, our only gripe with this file was it felt like too many musical numbers where shoehorned into the movie.  How about the story itself? It was well crafted and the comedy hit on all the right notes. We did notice that sea fairing tale did remind us of the Nintendo DS game The Ledgend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, with most of action scenes taking place on islands which is akin to dungeons/levels of the Zelda series.

So is this film worth your time? Well if you like musical yes it is. If you like your musical with a side of adventure, yes it is. If your looking for a more straight up comedy, wait til you find it as a deal for rental on iTunes.
On a scale from 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 4.5 out of 5.9  

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