Viewers who head out to Moana this weekend will get an added surprise — an after-credits scene that adds an extra bit of fun plus a few surprises for fans during the final credits that make the wait a little easier.
The Disney movie hits theaters the day before Thanksgiving, and is expected to be a blockbuster hit that will rival Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them for the top total over the long holiday weekend. But while the reviews of the movie are glowing, there was still some question as to whether Moana would follow the Disney tradition and have an after-credits scene to extend the fun beyond the final credits.
For those not up to date on the movie trends, the after-credits scene is a short scene tucked at the very end of the credits. In family-friendly comedies like Moana, they usually serve to add a final joke or bring some conclusion to a loose end.
[WARNING: Some light Moana spoilers are ahead.]
So will there be an after-credits scene in Moana?
Yes, and apparently it’s fantastic. Without giving too much away, Business Insider noted that the post-credits scene is “fun enough to warrant a few extra minutes in the theater.”
And that’s not all. As the report noted, there are some fun bits during the credits as well, including the pop version of the song “How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara. The second song during the credits is sung by Lin-Manual Miranda, who wrote the music for the movie.
It’s not just music that makes the credits worthwhile, Business Insider noted.
“Plus there’s an Easter egg embedded in one of the graphics shown during the credits, so you can occupy yourself trying to look for that (Hint: “Wreck It Ralph”).”
Viewers who see Moana in theaters may not mind staying a few extra minutes to the very end, allowing them a chance to soak in a movie that has been called the best offering from Disney in years. Gizmodo called it “da** near perfect” and reviewer Germain Lussler had a difficult time coming up with even one bad thing to say about it.
Instead, Lussler decided to spend more than 600 words listing all of the movie’s many virtues.
“Where to begin? Well, it’s probably no surprise that the animation is gorgeous. Water is one of the hardest things in the world to mimic and this film, which is largely set on or near the ocean, does it seamlessly in almost every single shot. Then there are the songs, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, which are catchy and expertly placed in the story. (We’re talking old-school, Disney-level stuff—songs you and your kids will be singing for years to come.) Then there are the characters who, from top to bottom, are memorable and well-rounded. Of course, the leads are great but even the sidekicks, the rooster Hei Hei and pig Pua, are delightful. Plus, the film doesn’t shy away from going a little dark. Characters die, are placed in mortal peril, and reject their core beliefs at the behest of everything they love.”
There could be a huge audience waiting to see the after-credits scene in Moana. The movie is expected to take in between $75 million and $80 million in its opening weekend, making a strong run at knocking Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them out of the No. 1 spot. And as Frozen showed a few years ago, Disney movies released during the holidays have a tendency to outperform their expectations.
So if you do make it out to Moana this weekend (or next week, or the week after), make sure to enjoy what is considered the best Disney film in years — and then remember to stick around all the way until the end for the after-credits scene.
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