Disney’s ‘Moana’ brings a brave young heroine home on DVD

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“Moana” is filled with clever, entertaining moments like when Maui’s tattoos come to life, making his body an animated cartoon strip, but the best part is Disney has provided a smart, intrepid heroine to inspire young girls for years to come.‘Jackie’Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” tries to flesh out the story of history’s most-famous widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, after the assassination of her husband. Despite the volumes written about the Kennedys, Jackie’s life is sometimes reduced to the image of the woman in the blood-spattered pink suit or in black, veiled and mourning her husband.
Her companion is a daffy chicken named Heihei (Alan Tudyk). Instead, they eventually take on bigger obstacles, including a giant crab, who sings the Bowie-esque rock number “Shiny,” performed by Jemaine Clement, one of a number of infectious numbers by Lin-Manuel Miranda in the film. The two bicker, but the film from Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid”) wisely avoids turning it into a boy-girl thing. After confronting violent seas, Moana finally finds Maui, who turns out to be more of a teen himself.
The film examines the point where truth and myth meet, though whether “Jackie” sheds any more light on the story or contributes to the haze is debatable.The film from the Chilean director is a patchwork period piece, jumping between times and blending re-creations with original footage but always keeping the tragedy in the foreground. So it never strays from emotional trauma but creates some odd moments, which help lessen what could have been a dour process. The glamorous and popular First Lady was a private person, which only added to her mystery.

Oscar nominee “Moana” is a delightful animated musical about the daughter of a Polynesian chief seeking her destiny. If you saw her singing at the Oscars on Sunday, you already know that 16-year-old Auli’i Cravalho is a talent and if you’ve seen the character of Moana, then you know the teen looks like she stepped out of the film.When the isle she lives on experiences a famine, Moana — who has been prevented from venturing out on her own — sets out on a journey over the sea to find a demigod called Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) to ask his help in order to restore ecological balance.