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Posted: 11/10/16 at 12:37am

The early reviews have been very positive with praise for Lin-Manuel Miranda's songs for being "memorable and tuneful". Just a few weeks left, can't wait!

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Posted: 11/13/16 at 1:47pm

Saw this earlier today. Everyone was a puddle on the floor by the end. The animation is next-level, the music and the characters are great. 

 

I predict this will be bigger than Frozen. At least I hope so.

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Posted: 11/18/16 at 7:57pm

I've been listening to the soundtrack all day, and it is so delightful! <3

All the songs are fantastic, though my only critique would be that some of them feel a bit short, both in the sense that I feel like they could be even more powerful if they had a little more time to let the music breath, and that I just wanted to hear more of them! 

It's most noticeable in How Far I'll Go I think; there's one spot in particular, right after the first chorus, where it feels like there could be a really nice music break, but instead it goes straight into the next verse, and something about it just makes it feel rushed. We Know The Way, too, while it doesn't really feel rushed, it's just such a beautiful song and each time I hear it I just wish it didn't end so soon! 

But yeah, when the biggest issue with a score is that I wish there was more of it, I'd say that's a job damn well done :) 

I can't wait to see the movie!! 

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Posted: 11/18/16 at 10:36pm

Is it worth getting the Deluxe Soundtrack with all the outtakes and demos?

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Posted: 11/18/16 at 10:57pm

Everything is actually up on youtube (DisneyMusicVEVO), so you can always check out the demos and outtakes to make sure you like them, but yep, I for one love them! Then again, even though it may not technically be the best, Lin's voice on demos is always really cute and endearing to me :) He's just so into it and animated! 

"Unstoppable" and "More" are definitely my favorites of the outtakes, and More is sung beautifully by a Heights alum, Marcy Harriell! 

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 12:15pm

So I saw this last night. Thought it was very cute and overall a good Disney movie. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the music though. Don't get me wrong I love Lin and I think Hamilton and ITH are both great shows with great scores. I just found the music here eh. I thought How Far I Go was catchy but it reminded me of several other pop ballads with similar melodies. I thought the other songs were just not great. I did think the choral work was excellent though. I thought there were a lot moments that should have been musicalized but they weren't. Like I thought expected some sort of bonding or fun duet between Maoi and Moana when they were on the boat. And while I Am Moana is a stunning vocal it's basically just a reprise of How Far I'll Go. I would have loved a separate 11 O''clock number for Moana. As I said I'm not a Lin hater and I did enjoy the movie overall. I just don't wanna get flack for not loving it as some on here do. I'd like to see it again to see if I feel any different 

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 1:48pm

I saw this last night and loved everything about it. It surpassed Frozen on every count.

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 2:50pm

Quick question from somebody who has admittedly not read that much on the film (I'm seeing it later this week!): is there a definitive song in Moana a la "Let It Go," "A Whole New World," "Journey to the Past," et cetera? Just curious to know if there's a major belt number or an inevitably iconic song. 

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 3:25pm

I'd say How Far I'll Go is the "iconic" song in this movie. 

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 3:25pm

Saw it last night, not only is it better than the good but overrated Zootopia but managed to beat Frozen as my favorite movie of the new "Disney Revival Era". To answer you question BroadwayConcierge, the song Moana sings "How Far I Will Go" is her big song and has 2 reprises during the course of the movie.

 

This movie is worth seeing on the big screen and also worthy to see more than once.

 

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 3:35pm

Lovely! Thanks to you both for your answers and the review. Looking forward to it Disney's Moana (2016)

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 6:26pm

I found the movie entertaining and fulfilling. People who are comparing it to Frozen are a bit misguided. They're both too different!

For the record, my absolute favorite part (no spoilers) was the first reprise of "How Far I'll Go." I BAWLED.

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 7:40pm

If we aren't counting Alan Menken's work, this is my favorite score to a Disney song ever.

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 7:46pm

Alex Kulak2 said: "If we aren't counting Alan Menken's work, this is my favorite score to a Disney song ever.

 

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Thats a lot 

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 7:48pm

If we are counting Menken, it's my third favorite, behind Beauty and the Beast and Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 7:51pm

I thought you meant all of menken's scores were your favorite. My bad.

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Posted: 11/27/16 at 9:40pm

I saw it last Wednesday night and loved it!

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Posted: 11/28/16 at 8:44am

Apparently the guy who wrote this movie also was the writer/director of Zootopia. It makes a lot of sense, because a lot of the same self-aware humor is in this movie.

Moana: I'm not a princess!

Maui: You wear a dress and have an animal sidekick. You're a princess. 

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Posted: 11/28/16 at 9:27am

YAY! I'm glad everyone's loving it! BTW: The full "You're Welcome" scene is on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79DijItQXMM

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Posted: 11/28/16 at 2:35pm

yes, but what happened to that man's nipples?

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Posted: 12/1/16 at 7:00pm

Anyone know how the plot of the movie changed throughout the developmental process? I remember seeing some images from D23 that didn't end up in the film at all. Also on the album how come there isn't a How Far I'll Go demo? 

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Posted: 12/3/16 at 12:55pm

I love this interview! I think it's time to dreamcast Auli'i. https://youtu.be/Nv8sjyPu5po

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Posted: 12/3/16 at 1:19pm

Lin talks a bit about the making of the film and the songs in this clip (randomly with the guy who plays the Genie in the west end Aladdin)

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Posted: 12/3/16 at 1:31pm

Where You Are is such a fun song. I can't get it out of my head! How Far I'll Go will definitely become one of my new shower belting songs 

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Posted: 12/3/16 at 6:14pm

broadwayboy223 said: " I thought How Far I Go was catchy but it reminded me of several other pop ballads with similar melodies. I thought the other songs were just not great. "

 

That's because it has the same 4 chords on which you can sing every pop song from the charts from the last 15 years. Including "Let it go". You can just sing the whole song right through it and it fits. Extremely uninspiring and generic.