5 reasons why Moana is a great role model for girls

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.

Moana
Why Moana is a positive role model for girls

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.

26 comments on 5 reasons why Moana is a great role model for girls

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 6, 2016 at 5:42 am (10 months ago)

    Looks like you had a great night on social media. I love all Disney movies and can’t wait to see this one. I think the fact that is is princess free will make a very refreshing change!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:53 am (10 months ago)

      It sure is! It’s a great little movie!

      Reply
  2. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    December 6, 2016 at 5:52 am (10 months ago)

    I hadn’t even heard of this movie until now! I need to get it for my grand daughter.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:54 am (10 months ago)

      There’s plenty of fun little animal characters in it too.

      Reply
  3. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    December 6, 2016 at 6:31 am (10 months ago)

    It will come as no surprise to you but I am SO excited to see this movie! It’s about time, Disney

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:59 am (10 months ago)

      Ha! Yes, I thought you would be.

      Reply
  4. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    December 6, 2016 at 6:32 am (10 months ago)

    I saw a poster advertising this movie the other day, I think I’ll have to take the boys to see it! I’m glad you guys had a great time xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 6:00 am (10 months ago)

      Yes, the boys will love it 🙂

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  5. Lydia C. Lee
    December 6, 2016 at 6:54 am (10 months ago)

    I like Mulan for similar reasons…look forward to seeing it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:54 am (10 months ago)

      I want to watch Mulan again over the holidays. Great movie.

      Reply
  6. Deborah
    December 6, 2016 at 6:57 am (10 months ago)

    It sounds like a great movie. My niece (now 20) loved Disney princesses. In fact, she’s just returning from Shanghai Disney where she’s been playing several princesses since it opened early this year. I’d glad she got to do it as it’s always been her dream… but I think she’s now ready to move on.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:54 am (10 months ago)

      Oh wow!!! That is so cool.

      Reply
  7. Robyna | The Mummy & The Minx
    December 6, 2016 at 7:10 am (10 months ago)

    I love that they are moving away from the traditional princess roles in movies – for selfish reasons, it means that my boys are much more likely to want to watch it as well. So the role models aren’t only great for little girls, but little boys as well.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:55 am (10 months ago)

      They sure are, Robyna!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:56 am (10 months ago)

      It’s great for all ages, Ingrid 🙂

      Reply
  8. Jodi Gibson
    December 6, 2016 at 9:02 am (10 months ago)

    So glad that Disney are finally moving with the times. This is such an awesome movie for girls to see that they are strong, determined and can make a difference. Can’t wait to see it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:56 am (10 months ago)

      I can’t wait to see it again 🙂

      Reply
  9. Kez @ Awesomely Unprepared
    December 6, 2016 at 9:04 am (10 months ago)

    I am so glad that Disney is going in this direction. The more feisty I become as a feminist, the more those traditional fairy tales (as much as I enjoyed them growing up) don’t sit with me as well as they used to.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:56 am (10 months ago)

      It sure is a great move in the right direction.

      Reply
  10. Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama
    December 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm (10 months ago)

    Sounds like a great movie to banish the post Christmas blues for anybody with young ‘uns!

    Visiting from #teamIBOT x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:57 am (10 months ago)

      Yes, a great movie choice for the holidays.

      Reply
  11. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    December 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm (10 months ago)

    There needs to be more of this coming out both on the big and small screens,and I think we need a total ban on music videos! Rarely is there one that I would allow any of my kids to watch.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:58 am (10 months ago)

      Very true, Nicole. Times are changing with regards to positive female characters.

      Reply
  12. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    December 6, 2016 at 8:42 pm (10 months ago)

    I saw the preview of Moana and looks great! I can’t wait to see Sing, except my son doesn’t want to see it. Sad! Maybe I am in with a chance with Moana.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 9, 2016 at 5:58 am (10 months ago)

      Sing looks great as well. I love that these movies have something for the adults and kids in them!

      Reply

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