Live the ISLAND LIFE with Moana, now on mobile devices
Feb03

Live the ISLAND LIFE with Moana, now on mobile devices

Disney announced the launch of MOANA ISLAND LIFE, a free-to-play mobile game that lets players create and build their perfect, custom island paradise with the help of beloved characters Moana, Maui, Pua and HeiHei. Inspired by the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film, MOANA, fans will be able to revisit Motunui and go on new adventures throughout Oceania to see vibrant, mythical islands. MOANA ISLAND LIFE is now available for free...

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OSCAR TIME! Disney gets 9 #OscarNoms for 89th annual event
Jan25

OSCAR TIME! Disney gets 9 #OscarNoms for 89th annual event

The 89th Academy Awards are nearly upon us and Disney this year has earned itself 9 nominations once again! Last year, INSIDE OUT brought home the Oscar gold continuing to show that the House of Mouse still excels where it all started… in animation. This year Disney has TWO animated films up for the Animated Feature Oscar for MOANA and ZOOTOPIA. The latter won the Golden Globe award for this year which may be a strong indicator...

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MOANA sails home with impressive list of extras
Jan16

MOANA sails home with impressive list of extras

As early as next month, you can bring home the high-flying fun and adventure of Walt Disney Animation’s MOANA. It’s no secret that the film was unsurprisingly one of our biggest obsessions this year and now it’s sailing home with a demi-god sized assortment of extras. RELATED POST Working in paradise: MOANA is a carefully crafted work of art and culture The film will be issued in both 2D and 3D formats and, as...

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MOANA SING-ALONG to amp up home release, awards buzz
Jan11

MOANA SING-ALONG to amp up home release, awards buzz

In celebration of the upcoming home-release (and perhaps to bait a little during the upcoming award season) Disney is re-issuing their latest animated romp MOANA to theaters in a new SING-ALONG version. The special engagement is launching in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on January 27 and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on January 20. Tickets are available at El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), by calling...

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MOANA activities and experiences celebrate Hawaiian culture and life at AULANI
Jan10

MOANA activities and experiences celebrate Hawaiian culture and life at AULANI

If you’ve seen Moana, you’ve probably found yourself with at least a little bit of a hankering to visit the islands of Hawaii. Of course, Disney has their own private resort on the island of Ko Olina and so they’ve made a few interactive experiences that let you appreciate the rich culture and heritage of the islands and also meet with Disney’s newest princess! Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa invites you to...

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Disney continues teaching computer coding with familiar characters, this time with MOANA!
Nov29

Disney continues teaching computer coding with familiar characters, this time with MOANA!

Disney recently launched “Moana: Wayfinding with Code,” a free online tutorial that offers an introduction to the basics of computer science. The gaming app features characters from Disney’s MOANA. Created in close collaboration with Code.org, the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial will be available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian, giving children all over the world the opportunity to...

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MOANA makes a splash with $82+ million, DOCTOR STRANGE now biggest single-character Marvel intro
Nov28

MOANA makes a splash with $82+ million, DOCTOR STRANGE now biggest single-character Marvel intro

MOANA sailed this weekend to the number one spot at the box office, bumping last week’s FANTASTIC BEASTS down a spot. According to Disney, for the five-day holiday weekend, Disney Animation’s latest princess flick shored up $82.08 million, including $56.6 million over the Friday-Sunday period. That five-day gross ranks it as the No. 2 Thanksgiving debut ever behind only Frozen ($93.6 million five-day) and gives Disney the...

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PICTORIAL: MOANA at the El Capitan brings Disney’s newest princess to life on stage!
Nov27

PICTORIAL: MOANA at the El Capitan brings Disney’s newest princess to life on stage!

MOANA has come ashore at Disney’s fabulous El Capitan Theater in Hollywood for a special engagement presented from November 23 to December 11. Apart from seeing the film projected in brilliant 2D Dolby Vision and with Dolby Atmos sound, there’s a few extra perks to making the trek to Hollywood for Disney Animation’s latest feature. RELATED POST REVIEW: Disney’s MOANA is a sweeping epic of oceanic proportions We were...

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Our SIX favorite things we learned about MOANA
Nov23

Our SIX favorite things we learned about MOANA

With MOANA opening today in theaters, we wanted to share some facts we learned from the cast and filmmakers at the press junket we were invited to last week. In attendance was Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ron Clements, John Musker, Opetaia Foa’i, and Osnat Shurer. RELATED POST REVIEW: Soundtrack for MOANA is a beautifully crafted tapa cloth of classic and contemporary sounds For those who have been...

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REVIEW: Soundtrack for MOANA is a beautifully crafted tapa cloth of classic and contemporary sounds
Nov22

REVIEW: Soundtrack for MOANA is a beautifully crafted tapa cloth of classic and contemporary sounds

In my review of MOANA, I praised the picture as being “a culturally beautiful creation, unlike anything we’ve seen probably since THE LION KING.” In that grand tradition, the music is equally as impressive, rich, and engaging. From meaningful solos to catchy upbeat numbers, the soundtrack runs the gamut of emotions. And of course, the music has become an obsession. Sure, for a Disney picture it’s not very hard for...

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