Until last year, if you had asked me what my favourite Disney movie was, I would have told you, without a moments hesitation, The Lion King. And yet last year, having taken the girls to the cinema to watch Moana, knowing very little about the film beforehand, I completely and utterly fell in love with this movie. I think I would go as far as saying that this has become, not just my favourite Disney movie, but one of my favourite movies of all time!
For me, a good Disney movie needs three things, it needs a strong, likeable hero or heroine, a storyline that draws you in and holds your interest, and a soundtrack that gives you goosebumps, and Moana has all three in abundance.
When we were invited to take part in a #MoanaNightIn, I couldn’t have accepted fast enough, because as much as I love Moana, the three youngest love it even more. And I say the three youngest but, last week, I caught Lewis singing one of the songs and he confessed that actually, he thought it was “alright for a Disney film!”.
We were very lucky to be sent the Moana DVD, a Moana doll and the all important necklace, carrying the heart of Te Fiti. And to say that the children were excited would be a serious understatement!!
The children went crazy over the singing Moana doll, dressed in her outfit from the movie, with movable arms and legs and long hair that the girls were itching to brush! Also included are Hei Hei the chicken and Pua the pig.
When you push Moana’s shell necklace she says twelve phrases from the movie and also sings the iconic song, How Far I’ll Go, as her necklace magically lights up. I love that there is such a range of phrases as toys like this can often become tiresome if you’re hearing the same phrase on repeat.
I was very grateful that Moana came with the other characters as, after Harry’s very short turn with the doll, he was left with just Hei Hei and Pua, not that he minded too much!
The unboxing of the Moana necklace was met with so much excitement from the girls, and plenty of arguing over who would have the first turn. The necklace, holding the heart of Te Fiti, is their favourite thing about the film and they have been begging for this necklace for months!
The necklace lights up when opened to reveal a soft green glow, and at the push of a button will light up when it is closed too.
There was a great deal of “Ooohing!” and “Aaahing!” as they took it in turns to open the necklace, and had I known just how happy it would make them I would definitely have bought it months ago.
After waiting impatiently for his turn, Harry couldn’t get it on fast enough, much to the amusement of Megan!!
With the doll unboxed and the necklace on, it was lovely to snuggle down together and watch Moana again, and it was just as wonderful the second time as it was the first!
With a RRP of £34.99 for the doll and £9.99 for the necklace, these toys don’t come cheap. That said, there are plenty of offers on the doll if you take the time to look on-line, and given how happy it made the children, and how much we love the film, they were worth every penny.