The entertainment industry has recently announced that the next major Disney animation film will be set in Oceania. Titled, Moana, it is slated to hit theaters in late 2016. The movie will be a sweeping, computer-generated animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest.
Moana will be directed by film-making team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog and Aladdin). Musker said Moana is “indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself.” Clements adds that creating Moana would be one of the thrills of the team’s career. He states, “It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”
Although the movie can bring positive attention to the region, naturally, the biggest concern is that it may portray Oceania in a stereotypical and culturally inappropriate manner. Dr. Katerina Teaiwa, Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University, can be heard on Radio Australia voicing the same worry.
The film’s release in 2016 is still a ways ahead, and something to look forward to. If any new news regarding the movie becomes available, we will post it on this blog. Stay tuned!
Disney’s first released picture of their upcoming animated film, Moana