Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker. Voices: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House. USA 2016. 113 mins.
On the mythical and mystical island of Motuni in the South Pacific lives the titular Moana (delightful newcomer Cravalho), daughter of the tribal chief and last in a long line of navigators. Her family have long since abandoned their fabled oceanic adventuring, but with encouragement from her grandma (House), the teenage Moana sets off to sea in search of a mysterious island, accompanied by a spiky demigod (Johnson) and a pet rooster. In their first digital animation – which involved much specially written software – and with a starry voice cast including actors with Pacific island roots, legendary Disney directors Clements and Musker (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) have created a visually stunning work, adding music and humour to the tale of an unlikely but endearing friendship.
Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci (Rihanna) is a canny teenager who managed to avoid capture when the world was conquered by an alien race known as the Boov. She accidentally befriends Oh (Parsons, The Big Bang Theory), a rascally young Boov outcast who has annoyed many of his Boov peers.
Having become firm friends, the pair set out on a fun, action-packed road trip which might well help to make the Boov-run planet a far better place.
Famed for such animated classics as ANTZ and SINBAD, director Tim Johnson applies cutting-edge visual technology to Adam Rex’s bestselling novel The True Meaning of Smekday, and adds star names such as Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez to what will surely be another digital blockbuster for DreamWorks.
This Pixar's computer-animated story evokes the classic fairy-tale formula of Disney's early hand-drawn gems. Set in the rugged, emerald wilds of the ancient Scottish Highlands, BRAVE follows a young princess named Merida as she challenges tradition and faces her destiny head on.
A skilled archer and a feisty free spirit, Merida is determined to break free from the patriarchal shackles of her father's kingdom, and causes a stir among the citizens when she participates in a long-established archery contest. Amidst the ensuing commotion she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted a wish that will plunge everyone she holds dear into danger. With a dark curse unleashed, Merida will have to muster all of her strength and courage to restore harmony to the land.