Things I like about Moana
I like that Moana is the first full-feature animation - that I can think of - that includes and presents Polynesian culture not as a token gesture but in a way that looks like a real, honest effort at creating a great movie.
And I think it is - a great movie.
I like that characters have believable proportions. Women actually seem to have space for ribs in their chests!
I like that songs are partially-translated to English, both for giving me an insight into what they're about - I can understand English - and for keeping some of the lyrics in the original language, Tokelauan I think, to give the story its setting.
I like that songs are catchy. My kids are now going around, singing, "Aue, aue!"
I like that they got Jemaine Clement to play the crazy crab. (Flight of the Conchords, anyone?)
I like that the story is complex enough for me to be interested in, but follow-able enough that my kids can sit the whole way through, too.
And to sum it up, I just like it. I like the movie.
Posted on 16.7.17