Sailing into New Seas with Moana


Arianna Howard, Editor-in-Chief

On November 23, Moana burst into the box office to be the first Polynesian princess for Disney. With Hawaiian actress Auli’I Cravalho and Samoan actor Dwayne Johnson, this film was a huge step in terms of representation for Polynesian people. With a budget of $150 million and a current box office of $280.3 million, this film is shooting straight for the stars.


In an hour and forty-seven minutes, Disney tells the tale of Moana and how she must learn how to save her island, Motunui, from dying, with the reluctant help of the demigod Maui. It is rated PG for peril, some scary images, and brief thematic elements, but it is a must see for adults and children. Moana’s character is strong and outspoken, a wonderful rolemodel for young viewers. As well, she has no love interest and continues to eliminate the idea that heroines in films require a romance with a man.

For long-time Disney fans, there are a ton of “Easter Eggs” to look for. It is no surprise, considering John Lasseter and John Musker were the heads of the film, both very experienced directors for Disney. Some of the things to look for throughout the film are Sven the reindeer from Frozen, the golden flower from Tangled, the face of Baymax from Big Hero Six, and Wreck-It Ralph from his own film.

Christian Price (’16), a huge fan of films and Disney specifically, adored Moana. “I liked that it wasn’t like your typical Disney princess movie. It was something different. Moana didn’t live in a castle or become some rich princess. Moana was about finding herself and who she was, and that’s kinda new to Disney,” Price explained. “The culture stands out above everything in the movie, but all the music and characters also make this movie a nice fit into the Disney princess vibe.” Price, whose favorite character is Maui, highly recommends that everyone go see this movie. It’s still in theatres, so now is the time to get your tickets if you haven’t seen this incredible film already!