The 2016 Disney film Moana puts in a lot of heavy lifting in order to run the subtext of feminism in its very fun adventure featuring a talented, intelligent, and headstrong female role model. Even though Disney created a slew of wonderful films in the 20th century, it fell into a storytelling miasma for a little while that made it seem like the production company that brought audiences The Lion King and The Little Mermaid was stuck in a princess loop. Moana takes everything you think you know about the structure of a Disney film and subverts it at every possible moment. From its lack of a romantic lead, to the counter rhythms that run through the film’s excellent songs. Disney’s Moana truly understands young female protagonists.
There aren’t any wasted moments in Moana, a film that feels like it was created simply to offer audiences a look at a world where the hero’s journey wasn’t defined by hulking men who brandish 50-pound swords. The best thing about Moana’s film full of strong females and the men who respect them is that you don’t have to be a young girl to enjoy it. Its messages of perseverance, taking life as it comes, and using your noggin can be applied to anyone, no matter what gender they identify as. Moana has set the bar for female protagonists in film; lets hope Disney’s following films rise to the challenge.
Moana Has No Problem Being the Chief of Her PeoplePhoto: Disney
She Teaches Herself How to Do EverythingPhoto: Disney
Moana Disagrees with Her Family, But They All Respect Each OtherPhoto: Disney
No One Ever Says "You're a Girl!"Photo: Disney
Moana Never Falls in LovePhoto: Disney
Self-Discovery Comes Whether Moana Wants It or NotPhoto: Disney