How Far I’ll Go #Moana #Review

M O A N A 

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Cast: Alui’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Andy Tudyk

Rating: 5/5 (It’s Disney)

My Review: 

“If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.” – Maui 

Well if that is the only criteria I am taking a trip to the pet store! One of the many things I loved about Moana was the fact Disney was not taking itself too seriously. It was full of off the cuff remarks that related to previous Disney movies as well of course the now famous Disney Easter Eggs.

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Moana is drawn to that line where the sky meets the sea. Moana is in love with the ocean and the ocean has chosen her too. It is her destiny to get Demi-God, Maui, voiced superbly by Dwayne Johnson to restore the heart of Tafiti to its rightful place. However, Moana has a problem. Moana’s father, the village chief will not allow anyone to sail past the reef out into the ocean. Moana’s grandmother, the village crazy lady who “loves to dance with water” inspires her granddaughter to go as it is the only way she will be happy.

The movie is full of memorable characters and songs. Maui’s song “Your Welcome” is one of the best comical songs I have really enjoyed since the Genie sang “A Friend Like Me”. Maui is an interesting character you are never really sure if you like him or not till you get towards the end of the movie.

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I did enjoy his little tattoo friend. Reminiscent of the Muses from Hercules. If all tattoo’s were like him I would consider getting one. I really did enjoy the banter between him and Maui. Of course the song “How Far I’ll Go” was my favourite song of the whole movie. I had heard it a few times before I had seen the movie and it is now one of my favourite Disney songs. It encompasses my desire to travel at the moment.

The CGI animation as always is well executed. I did have a slight issue with some of the pacing of the movie, however I expect at some point in the future there might be a Moana DVD with extra scenes as I have a feeling there were quite a few cut out.

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The character who stole the show however, besides Pau (the pig) who was so cute, was Heihei the Rooster. That rooster had me in crying with laughter.

As well as being full of fun and laughter, there are some lovely touching moments. My daughter told me she was moved to tears a few times while watching the movie.

I honestly did not expect to enjoy Moana as much as I did.

 

 

 

 

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Z is for…

Z I G G Y   T H E   V U L T U R E 

Ziggy

Ziggy is one of four vultures who appear in the animated tale of The Jungle Book. The other three vultures are called Buzzie, Flaps and Dizzy. Together they appear to parody The Beatles. I read somewhere that The Beatles were meant to voice the vultures but due to other commitments they were unable to attend the recording. I have no idea how true that is? But it would be nice if it was.

I love the vultures in the cartoon. When I was younger we used to have a show every school holidays called Disney Time. Back then we had very little in the way of Disney Home video and at the time where I lived lacked a decent cinema. Due to this classics such as The Jungle Book were not seen by children of my generation. That was why Disney Time was so popular, we got to see small sections of all these classic Disney movies we never got to watch.

One of the clips I remember loving was that of the vultures. I remember watching them tease Mowgli and loving the way moved. They move as though they are shrugging their shoulders all the time and sort of bounce. They also sing a song called “that’s what friends are for”.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures over the A to Z Challenge. Some have been more successful than others. Thank you all for visiting, liking and all the lovely comments.

Back to normal blogging now…

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Y is for…

I do apologise for my posts this past week as I did schedule them all last Saturday due to being in pain. Well you will all be pleased to know that last night I had a really good sleep after having a week of pain. I lost a crown/filling last Thursday night and it was so deep it disturbed the nerve. My tooth was also quite sharp and kept cutting my mouth. My mouth is still sore but after visiting the dentist yesterday I now have a temporary filling and at the moment it is all good. It will get sorted out properly on the 16th May.

So this it the penultimate post on the A to Z Challenge…. It has gone so fast.

Y is for… 

 

Yao

Y A O

Yao appears in the animated movie Mulan as solider in the Chinese Army. Yao is usually found with his friends Ling and Chien Po.

Yao is the shortest of the Trio and also appears to think himself the leader of the three. Yao is also quick tempered and Chien Po is often required to cool him down. Yao initially dislikes Mulan due to Mushu insulting him, however they later become friends.

Yao, Ling and Chien Po help Mulan as she saves the Emperor by dressing as concubines. This is the image I chose to draw as I love that part of the movie.

Mulan definitely appears in my Top 10 Disney Movies.

I hope you like today’s drawing. See you tomorrow for Z… the last day… sob!!

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X is for…

X – C A L I B U R

Xcaliber

Okay I cheated – I know it is spelt Excalibur but there are no Disney Characters that begin with X. I have searched and searched nothing.

Excalibur is the mythical sword that appears in The Sword in The Stone. Legend stated that whoever was able to draw the sword out of the stone would become the next King of England. In the legend the sword drawer was of course Arthur. In Disney’s version Arthur is a young orphan who is known by his carers as Wart.

Wart is befriended by Merlin after stumbling across his cabin in the woods. Merlin has a pet owl called Archimedes who talks like a human. Archimedes also teaches Wart to fly.

I apologise for my drawing today. Only there was not a lot to go on. See you tomorrow for Y…

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W is for…

W H E E Z Y

Wheezy

I haven’t done him looking very happy have I? Wheezy is a toy penguin who makes an appearance in Toy story 2.

Wheezy first comes to our attention gathering dust on the top shelf in Andy’s bedroom. Woody discovers him up there alone and forgotten, his squeaker is not squeaking anymore. This leads to Woody being taken by the Toy Collector as he goes to rescue Wheezy from the garage sale.

Wheezy appears at the end of the movie with a new squeaker and sings us out to “You have a friend me”.

I hope you like Wheezy. See you tomorrow for X…

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V is for…

V I O L E T   P A R R

Violet Parr

Violet is the eldest child and only daughter of Bob and Helen Parr or as they are better known Mr Incredible and Elastigirl.  Violet appears with her parents and her two brothers, Dash and Jack-Jack in the animated super-hero caper The Incredibles.

When Violet is first introduced in the movie she has a few self esteem issues. She is shy, withdrawn and socially awkward. She prefers to hide behind her long hair. (The picture I have drawn is how I imagine her profile picture to look on social media.) Her personality appears to be reflected in her super powers. Violet has the power to turn herself invisible at will and also create a force field. Once she discovers her super powers and becomes part of the Incredibles Team, Violet’s confidence grows.

I suppose you could relate this to real life, once you know what your super power is, that thing your good at, your confidence grows. You become less of a shrinking violet and come out in full bloom.

If I could have one super power I would choose invisibility, though sometimes I believe I already have it.

I hope you like today’s drawing, see you tomorrow for W…

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U is for…

U K U

Uku Lava

I love the Lava short by Pixar. I think it has to be my favourite one out of all the shorts. I love the concept, the song and animation. The story is told completely by song.

I know technically Uku is the main character in the story but the short – Lava was a supporting feature for Inside Out.

A long, long time ago… Uku is a lonely volcano who watches all the wildlife around him find mates over many, many years.  To combat his loneliness Uku sings a song of hope that one day he will find someone to “Lava”.

Little does Uku know but another volcano under the ocean is listening to his song. The other volcano – Lele, rises to the surface just as Uku becomes extinct. I have to admit I nearly cried. I watched this at the cinema before Inside Out. I cannot express to you how upset I would have been if this story did not have a happy ending.

If you haven’t seen it. Hopefully you can watch it below.

Hope you like today’s post. See you tomorrow for V…

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