Walt Disney Animation Studios has been successfully making classic movies for many years. From Finding Nemo, to Frozen, to Toy Story, everyone has at least one favorite. Now a new one can be added to the list.
The new Disney film, Moana, was released on November 23rd. The story depicts a teenager named Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) who goes on a journey across the Pacific ocean to save her family. During her journey, Moana meets a demigod named Maui (Dwayne Johnson). Moana works to become a wayfinder, like her ancestors, while facing many obstacles along the way (movies.disney.com).
Moana will star a Polynesian princess for the first time in the Disney franchise’s history. According to nationalreview.com, one woman said, “The environment our kids grow up in and what they are exposed to have a role to play. Disney movies are very influential on our children. It is great that Moana is the lead.”
Michaela Bullard (’17) is a huge fan of Disney movies. She said, “I have so many favorite Disney movies but my all-time favorite is Cinderella. The live motion picture “Cinderella” the was released in 2015 encourages young women to “have courage and be kind” which is my favorite movie quote.” Bullard also said, “The newest Disney Princess, Moana, is coming out soon and I am very excited! I can’t wait to find out what important lesson Disney will teach us through this Pacific Island’s Princess.”
The movie is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. This film making team is most well-known for family favorites like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Princess & the Frog.
According to time.com, the directors stated their opinion on Moana being a “heroine.” Clements said, “We saw this as a hero’s journey, a coming-of-age story, in a different tradition than the princess stories.” Musker also added, “I don’t know that any of the other princesses we’ve been involved with we’d describe as badass.”
Disney’s new heroine is sure to be a success. See Moana when it hits the screen on November 23rd!