“Moana” Contributes A Hit To The Disney Canon (And A Look At Our Top 10 Disney Scores)

— December 3, 2016

Disney Animation is back baby! Yeah, I know, “Frozen” was huge. But that was over 3 years ago and, let’s be honest, “Wreck It Ralph” and “Big Hero Six” aren’t bringing down the house. Enter 2016 (by all accounts one of the bottom five years ever recorded) and DA is backatitagain going back to back with “Zootopia” and “Moana”.

Now here’s where “Moana” stands out. Yes, its a classic, but modern, take on the princess narrative. Yes, it has the goofy and lovable reluctant hero. And of course don’t forget the adorable sidekick. BUT to truly enter the great Disney canon, you need to deliver an iconic song. For “Frozen”, it was “Let It Go”.

For “Moana”, it’s “How Far I’ll Go”.

In fact, the entire soundtrack is sneakily loaded with bangers. All the songs paid homage to the Disney tradition, but at the same time felt fresh and relevant. I guess this Lin Manuel guy is pretty talented.

Let’s take a look at how “Moana”’s score stacks up against the all-time greats.

  1. Lion King
  2. Aladdin
  3. Hercules
  4. Mulan
  5. The Jungle Book
  6. The Little Mermaid
  7. Moana
  8. Frozen
  9. Pocahontas
  10. Tarzan

Hey, that’s not bad for something that happened in 2016.

Rating: 8 / 10 ; Pay your $15

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