Like last week’s Buyer’s Guide, this week’s is short – with only one notable release. But it’s definitely worth noting.
Here’s my pick for March 7, 2017.
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Written by Jared Bush
Based on a story by John Musker, Ron Clements, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, and Aaron and Jordan Kandell
Directed by John Musker and Rom Clements
Disney Animation’s current creative upswing continues with the studio’s latest animated feature, Moana. IOne of my favorite films of last year, Moana is an absolutely beautiful movie – just the vitas alone are exquisite. The water is crystal-clear realistic, the trees sway in the breeze. I want to go to this place!
The beautiful visuals mix well with the characters and voice work. The standouts are the two leads: newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson as Maui. These two made a great team. Cravalho has a sweetness to her voice. And Johnson oozes charisma – even in voice form. The songs are good enough, except when they deviate from the Polynesian style of the setting and into Broadway-style show tune (“You’re Welcome) or awkward rock (“Shiny”).
For a more in-depth look at Moana, check out my review.
Best Buy: SteelBook
Disney Store: Four lithograph set (in-store only)
Target: 32-page storybook (part of packaging)
My Pick: Out of the four choices, I’m going to have to go with the Disney Store this time. Normally, I shy away from flat art swag. However, this movie was beautiful, with virtually every frame worthy of framing. And the four frames they chose to print are pretty, especially the one of baby Moana. My wife and I will probably frame at least one of them in our home.