As a kid who grew up watching “The Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pocahontas”, as an adult I was in my feelings watching “Moana.” Still, I did not expect to enjoy watching this film as much I did. “Moana” is imaginative, engaging, smart and funny. The obstacles and triumphs that she experiences in the story is quite the thrill ride and sometimes unpredictable.

The fact that adults can enjoy a children’s film speaks to the power of storytelling Pixar has mastered for decades. The songs are inspiring. Each of the characters holds a little piece of your heart (and nerves).

Also, the Pixar short before the film gets me every time.