A New Princess is in Town

How Far I’ll Go
Maui and Moana represent the importance of close friendship in this Disney movie.

By: Suzanne Holt

Disney takes on a new perspective with its Polynesian princess box-office hit Moana. Moana, which ended 2016 with a bang, earned approximately $400 million in the global box office. The character Moana is played by Auli’i Cravalho and the other main character, Maui, is played by Dwayne Johnson. This is a story about a Polynesian princess following her heart to save the world. Moana is a good representation of what culture is like in Hawaii and other Pacific island areas.

Students at East Wake loved the movie, including junior Delaney Cronin. She stated, “I was jealous that the main character Moana had water powers.” Although it may seem like a children’s movie, Moana was a hit for all ages. Another student, junior Kim Hernandez Gomez noted,”Moana defies the boundaries for ordinary Disney princesses.”

New Beginnings for Disney. The girl who is the voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, is only 16 years old.

I felt that this movie was a great way to show empowerment in women. There was no prince so it takes the “romantic” part out of the princess movie and instead makes the princess (Moana) the hero. Another great part about this movie was the music. All of the songs were very catchy and fun to listen to. In addition, the end has a big twist that nobody will be expecting.


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