Moana Meets the Ocean


  • As Moana walks onto the beach, we can see the shadow of the birds on the sand. Why do you think the filmmaker does this?
  • The camera does a close up of the sea turtle. Why do you think this is used?
  • What type of camera shot is used as the magic of the ocean glistens towards Moana?
  • Ariel shots are used as Moana continues to pick up the shells. Why do you think this is? What else can we see?

  • Describe the colours you can see throughout the clip
  • How do they make you feel?
  • Do you think the colours used throughout the clip work effectively alongside the mood the filmmaker is trying to create?
  • Why do you think the filmmaker has chosen those specific colours for the shell Moana picks up on the beach?

  • What dilemma does Moana face at the beginning of the clip? Why do you think she chooses to help the turtle?
  • How do you think the turtle may be feeling? Why?
  • What does this tell us about the character of Moana?
  • When she begins to pick up the shells, something unusual happens. What is it? Do you think Moana is aware of it?
  • Why do you think Moana’s father was scared?

  • What sounds can we hear at the beginning of the clip? Where have you heard these before?
  • We do not see or hear any dialogue between Moana and the turtle. If there was, what do you think each character would say? Why do you think the filmmaker has chosen not to include dialogue between the two characters?
  • As Moana experiences the magic of the ocean, we hear a lady’s voice singing. Describe the music. How does it make you feel? Does it suit what is happening in the clip?
  • Why do you think this music only plays during this part of the clip?

  • Do you think Moana likes being near the ocean? Why?
  • Have you ever visited/watched/read about the ocean? What can you recall about it?
  • Is there anything in the clip that makes you think about our world today?
  • Why do you think the magic of the ocean pops Moana back on shore as her father is about to arrive?

  • Where do you think the clip is taking place?
  • Do you recognise the setting from anywhere you have been before or anything that you have seen before?

The ocean is a beautiful part of our world but unfortunately there are many things that are harming it. Use a device to research and create a short clip persuading people to look after the ocean. Think about what you could try to persuade them to do.

Credit: Laura McEachran @MissLMacDonald