This delightful children’s movie gets 3.5 Icees (out of 5). The reason it can’t get more is because of the first 30 minutes (more or less) of the movie. This movie starts out really slow. I understand a movie has to set things up, but it really seemed like the only thing it was trying to set up were songs.  Once Maui entered the picture, the movie got much better, and then rose up to the rating it received. So get through the beginning and you’ll be glad you did.

The cinematography was beautiful. They really did a great job! Some of the lines from the young actress playing Moana seemed a bit forced, but overall the acting was good.  The star of the movie in my humble opinion was the chicken.  Once you see the movie, you’ll know what I mean.

This movie will do really well with young girls as it is beautiful and has a strong young female character.  I think that is a great thing. The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) did well as Maui, but to me sometimes the voice just didn’t quite fit with the animated character’s expression.  It was barely noticeable, but I did see that once or twice.  If you are looking for a good kids’ movie, this is one to see!  It’s not The Little Mermaid or anything, but it does well.

There is a scene after the credits, but it is short and you’re not really missing much if you decide to skip it.