The same people who made “The Little Mermaid” and “Pocahontas” created “Moana.” If you see the movie in theaters you’ll learn this fun factoid because the makers of the movie do a little “thanks for seeing this in the theater” speech before the film begins. Gotta love it when they do that. Armed with that knowledge, I noticed a few similarities between the films. I mean, there’s the obvious bit about all three being focused on a strong woman as the lead character. But what makes this movie stand out is the fact… there is no romance!!
Throughout the entire film there is a bit of chemistry between Moana and the demi god she is searching for, Maui, but unlike most fairy tales, the two do not fall for each other. They both help each other learn, grow, and become better people, then go off to fulfill their own destinies. I love the message this sends. Not all quests or stories need to be about finding your true love. You don’t need that to be happy. At least, that was the message I got from it.
I don’t think Moana is going to be as popular as the big hitters Disney has made, but I do think its a great tale and has good lessons for us all. Plus, the animation is amazing. I cannot believe how well the water was designed. Oh, how far we have come in the animation world. So… go see it!!
Oh, its good for all ages too, nothing too scary, just some fight scenes, which are really just people jumping around. Not many boring periods either. All of the kids watching it when I went were well entertained.