There’s not a castle, ball gown, or Prince Charming in sight in Disney’s new movie Moana and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Don’t get me wrong, we dig princesses in this house. Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella, Elsa – Miss Six and Miss Four love the beauty and magic of them all. Disney Princess movies are on high rotation here and while we do enjoy them, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to be introduced to a Disney heroine that kicks the traditional Disney Princess to the curb.
And yes, I know that Frozen, Tangled and Brave were a move in the right direction for Disney, but Moana … well, Moana takes the Disney heroine to a whole new level presenting to young girls a truly inspirational character.
Moana tells the story of a 16-year-old Polynesian girl and her epic adventure to rescue her island home from a mysterious darkness that threatens the community. As daughter of the chief and next in line, Moana takes it upon herself to set sail across the ocean away from the safety and comfort of her family and home, determined to find a way to save her people.
She is strong and brave
Moana’s father has never allowed her to venture into the ocean before, but with her island home in jeopardy she sets off on a courageous quest across the seas. She has no idea how to sail, let alone navigate wild seas, but she doesn’t let that stop her. She is daring, determined and faces her fears head on. When she’s not scaling cliffs that almost touch the sky, she’s fighting a lava monster. Moana doesn’t need a knight in shining armour to help her, she is fiercely independent and ready to take on anything or anyone.
She has a never give up attitude
Moana faces one terrifying and heartbreaking challenge after another, but she doesn’t let those challenges stop her. She gets thrown off her boat countless times, but gets back on each time more determined than before. The lava monster almost beats her, but she digs deep and keeps on fighting. She is determined and focused.
She believes in herself
Despite her father’s protestations, Moana listens to her heart and the call of the ocean. She leaps out of her comfort zone and trusts in herself. She knows deep within her that she has was it takes to save her island home.
She is smart
Moana uses her wits to defy a gigantic crab, teaches herself (with a little help) how to navigate the ocean and read the stars, and solves the mystery of how to save her island community. Moana is one clever cookie.
Her body shape is realistic
There aren’t any dazzling ball gowns nor chignon buns in this movie. Moana wears the traditional Polynesian dress accompanied with a mop of wild hair. Her body shape and facial features are realistic, portraying a young girl who is strong, confident and happy.
Moana truly is an inspirational movie with just the right combination of positive messaging, music, humour and scary parts (maybe a few too many scary parts if you ask Miss Four). The girls loved the focus on family and we all found the 3D effect of this beautiful island movie captivating.
Moana is in cinemas from Boxing Day.
Is Moana on your holiday movie list? Which Disney movies are your favourite?
Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.
Mummy, Wife, Me received free tickets to an advanced screening of Moana, however was not asked to write a blog post promoting it. I simply couldn’t help but rave about this awesome movie.