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Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Set sail with the spirited, familiar 'Moana'
Zaira Scannapieco | 24 Novembre, 2016, 12:59

We don't see his four brothers in Moana, but we do get a real sense that he is a troublemaker.

Moana is the Disney princess movie everyone needs right now-or, at the very least, Moana is the princess I've been dreaming of since I was a little girl.

Even though Walt Disney Animation Studios has been turning fairy- tale tropes on their heads for a while now, the titular Moana here is its strongest and most independent female role model yet. The movie begins with the flora and fauna of Motunui falling into despair, a curse set in place when a demigod named Maui stole the heart of the Pacific's mother island and lost it to the ocean. (His other film credits include The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules).

The directors took trips to Fiji, Samoa and Tahiti, where they found the material for the script in navigation stories, people's connection to their ancestry and their respect for nature.

There probably has never been such animated water, capable of rippling, rising and even waving, as Moana (voiced and sung by Hawaiian Auli'i Cravalho, 14 years old when this was made) follows her risky destiny sailing through unknown ocean currents. Along the way, she befriends demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

Moana makes this discovery right around the time her Gramma Tala (Rachel House) gives her a handsome green stone that is said to contain the power of creation.

Plus, when it comes to acting with her voice, Cravalho is a natural.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Marie Alohalani Brown, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's department of religion who is also part Hawaiian spoke about Maui in Hawaiian mythology. "Moana" is both a celebration of Polynesian culture and an inspiration to young women and should resonate with anyone who has felt a touch of fear when faced with the unknown. "Tangled", about a rebellious Rapunzel, was an early attempt in 2010, but it was "Frozen" (2013) that turned girl power into box-office gold and topped the Billboard charts with the hear-me-roar anthem "Let It Go". "For me, as someone who is hoping to continue in show business, I was wondering, how would I continue in this and still be Polynesian?"

"I carry, of course, such a big responsibility with the Polynesian community and I love it". Am I still grounded and rooted in the way that I want to be?

"One of the most bittersweet moments is when I was finished on the film, taking down the rubbing and just kinda saying 'You know, Simeafua Savea".

An oddball friendship ensues, which can only be considered a spoiler to anyone who has never seen a movie. We just needed to re-define them.

Q: One of the songwriters on this film is legendary Pacific Islander performer Opetaia Foa'i, whose job was to ensure authenticity of the music.

The figure is nearly double that of last year's highest grosser, The Good Dinosaur, another Disney film that took $1.3million in the same time frame.

"Story artists build the story like eight times and we throw away most of our work".

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