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When I was vacationing with my family in Disney World last November, we were lucky enough to see Moana a few days before it came out. We actually watched it on the beach at the Polynesian Resort – and despite being an uncharacteristically cold night in Florida, it is a great family memory of ours. We all loved the movie so much that my husband came home and immediately got HeiHei and Pua tattoos! We are also planning to get matching Mini Maui tattoos soon. So of course we were thrilled to hear that Moana was finally coming out on Blu-ray and DVD! It is available NOW on Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD/3D. We actually rented it from a hotel when we were on vacation a couple weeks ago – and then watched in the theater on board our recent Disney Cruise twice! Moana is coming home on Blu-ray and DVD on March 7 and it is jam packed with amazing bonus features that we weren’t able to see those times!
My husband wins for the coolest tattoos! He has been looking for the perfect pig and chicken to get for his traditional Navy tattoos. The old sailor tradition is that in a shipwreck, the pig and chicken always survive so these tattoos are good luck for sailors. As soon as he saw Hei Hei and Pua in #Moana, he knew they were the ones! ………………………………. #Disney #disneygram #instadisney #tattoo #sailor #usnavy #pua #heihei #navy #tattoos #newink #newtattoo #pig #chicken
Moana means a lot to our family – it is actually all about family and ancestors. It is about tradition and love – and it is about the ocean. This movie means a lot to my husband since he is a Navy guy. It has a very powerful message and it makes him appreciate his time in the United States Navy (and maybe miss them a little bit). Sailors often get pig and chicken tattoos on their legs or feet because it was a good luck tradition. The old tales go that whenever there was a shipwreck, the pigs and chickens would always find their way to dry land. I don’t know for sure that this is why Hei Hei and Pua are who they are, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
When we returned from our Disney Cruise (lots more information on that coming soon!) we had an amazing package waiting for us from Disney. Not only did we receive a digital copy of Moana (and a Google Chromecast to watch it on), it included a Singing Moana Necklace, Maui Hook, Moana Beach Towel, my new favorite coffee mug, and more! I knew this was the perfect way to continue our Disney vacation for one more day of magic before we went back to the real world. I printed out a bunch of Moana Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages, made my grandmother’s famous tuna fish sandwiches (the secret is celery and pepper!), set up our Google Chromecast (which took just a few minutes), and we settled in to watch Moana.
It was our sixth time seeing it and we loved it just as much as the first time, if not more. We were excited to be able to watch all the bonus footage, which was all amazing. I am honestly not sure I could choose a favorite – maybe the Maui Mini-Movie! With Google Chromecast and the Disney Movies Anywhere App, watching your favorite Disney movie is as easy as the click of a button (or two).
According to directors Ron Clements and John Musker, the story of “Moana” was inspired by the great explorers who masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. “Voyaging is a real source of pride for many Pacific Islanders, a part of their identity,” says Clements. Many experts believe that about 3,000 years ago, those deep-sea exploratory voyages halted for about a millennium before resuming. This rebirth of exploration sparked the filmmakers’ imaginations, and the heroine at the heart of the story. “The idea of a teenage girl who dreamed of becoming a navigator—considering the abilities of her ancestors—was so appealing,” explains Musker. Moana’s quest to become a wayfinder also serves as a journey of self-discovery, empowering her to find her own identity – a beautiful and powerful message for audiences of all ages and genders.
Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of the Pacific Islands shaped the story of “Moana;” revealing Q&A with co-stars Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, and famed animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker; insider access to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foaʻi, the trio behind the film’s moving music; four mini-documentaries highlighting the movie’s groundbreaking effects; deleted scenes; a deleted song; hidden Easter Eggs; music video; “Inner Workings,” the theatrical short film directed by Leo Matsuda that spotlights the internal struggle between a man’s Brain and Heart; and much, much more.
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital 3D/HD/SD:
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings” – With introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
- Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
- Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of “Moana.”
- Things You Didn’t Know About …
- Meet the stars of “Moana” in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John.
- Meet the musical team behind “Moana” in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.
- They Know the Way: Making the Music of “Moana” – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.
- Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
- The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film.
- Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
- Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see.
- Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators.
- Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.
- Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes:
- Race the Wind/Ties that Bind
- Discussing Moana’s Future
- Under the Sea
- Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui; Education of Moana
- Father, Daughter, Boat
- Canoe Race
- Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
- “How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
- Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.
- Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings”
- Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go”
- Audio Commentary
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