Disney’s Moana: Why It’s Bringing Us All The Joy

Over the last few days it has been difficult to find a lot of happiness in the world because once again we’ve been reminded of just how shitty individual people can be. For some reason, a lot of this week’s content was based around some heavy themes so I’ve essentially scrapped that and we’re going to try to focus on the positives – on the reasons why the world isn’t doomed and where we can snatch those moments of joy.

Let’s talk about all of the reasons why Disney’s Moana is a reason to smile.

1) Moana – the girl, not the film.

Moana is Disney’s first Polynesian princess (score for representation) and she is voiced by a native Hawaiian, Auli’i Cravalho. Also, based on the trailer, it looks like she’s plenty kick-ass without the help of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s demi-god, Maui.

2) Maui

Speaking of The Rock, this will be his first ever Disney movie. He has one of the friendliest and most charismatic voices and is also of Polynesian descent. Judging from a bit of that subtle eyebrow work in the teaser, we can expect the demi-god to share a little bit more than a voice with The People’s Champion.maui moana.png

3) Art Style

Moana Hercules.pngIt looks like Disney could be exploring some new art styles in certain sequences. I’m always excited when Disney take a risk and is it just me or does their Maui animation (top picture) look a lot like the opening sequence for Hercules (bottom picture)?

4) The Music

You know I’m obsessed with Hamilton so obviously I have to talk about the music. The music for the film is composed by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i. We only had the smallest of listens in the teaser trailer but it sounds beautiful.

I’m sure that there a million more reasons to be excited about Moana and I would love for you to share those so tell me:

What are you most excited about for Moana? Can you believe that it has taken this long for The Rock to appear in an animated Disney movie? Let me know in the comments.


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