What can I say except, “You’re welcome?!” This is probably one of the most used phrases in our household right now. Sometime it’s used as a joke to make someone laugh and sometimes it’s said with a little snark. We’ve been having way too much fun with MOANA on Blu-ray. Not only are we loving the music, but the bonus features are pretty sweet, too!
MOANA on Blu-Ray
Moana is on Blu-ray today, March 7! If you still haven’t seen it (and why not? ;)), here is my review of Moana when it came out in theaters. I basically give you the low-down on why Moana is better than turkey. Seriously. What’s also great about having the DVD in hand is you get a digital copy, too, and lots of bonus features.
What bonus features are included, you ask? Don’t you worry, I’ll tell you!
Moana Blu-ray Bonus Features
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. Spoiler alert: They asked what their favorite food is and Auli’i Cravalho said tomatoes! Tomatoes? Who chooses that as a favorite food? Good thing she’s so adorable, so she gets a pass. The Q&As are pretty funny.
- 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. My husband asked me the other day how people could find so many. Well perhaps they watched the bonus features. I’ve seen Moana about 5 times now, and I only noticed 2 or 3 of the Easter Eggs they mentioned. It’s fun to see what they hid.
- 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; and 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” and Audio Commentary
The Ocean Doesn’t Separate Us, It Unites Us
I love to laugh, and that’s one of the reasons I love Moana so much. However, my favorite Bonus Feature is Voice of the Islands, and it made me cry. Take the time to watch it, you won’t regret it. I love how the filmmakers wanted to get the culture right. They took the time to get input from the people of the Pacific Islands to tell THEIR story. Their movements, their clothing, their traditions, their dancing, their way of life. I felt a deep connection to them and also to my own culture. The ocean doesn’t separate us, it unites us.
Not only do kids love Moana, but adults do, too! We were pretty giddy to meet her at Walt Disney World!
What are you waiting for? Get Moana on Blu-ray now! You’re welcome