Theatrical Release: November 23, 2016
DVD Release: February 21, 2017


A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Dove Review

Moana has been raised on the Pacific Island of Motunui. She has always heard the legend about Tefiti and Maui. In the tale, Maui took Tefiti’s heart (a glowing green stone) and in a fight that followed with an evil lava monster, Maui lost his magic “hook.” Because of the stories she heard, Moana has always been drawn to the ocean. But because of some curse her overprotective father, the chief of the people on the island, believes in he forbids anyone from going past the reef.

As Moana grows so does her desire the go past the reef, so when fishing dwindles and the coconuts turn bad, she tries to convince her father and the tribe to go past the reef to fish. But she is turned down, so Moana, with the help of her grandmother, discovers the secret of their tribe: they were “voyagers”. Her adventure begins when the ocean picks her to go on a quest to return Tefiti’s heart that was stolen by a demigod named Maui.

This is a charming story of growing up, following your dreams and believing in yourself. We want you to be aware that there is a fantasy legend of Tefiti having great power—so much that she created life itself, but this film is clearly based upon a legend. “Moana” is a fantasy adventure for young and old alike. We are proud to award the Dove Family-Approved Seal for all ages to this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None.
Language: None.
Violence: Fight with coconut pirates; a fiery monster made of lava; stormy seas.
Drugs: Sedative darts from a blow gun.
Nudity: Animated shirtless men and babies.
Other: Tattoos; not listening to others; sailing without telling anyone; shape shifter; demigod.


Company: Disney
Writer: Jared Bush
Producer: Osnat Shurer
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 103 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe