Moana, and the Pacific Islands folklore tales is a success for Disney

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It’s taken 50 years for Disney to get around to making a movie based around the folklore of the Pacific Islands but it was worth the wait.

Moana has great music, a 16-year-old girl with attitude and a tattooed demigod named Maui… not forgetting an idiotic chicken called Hei Hei!

The Empire Online review reads… Creating a bickering, True Grit-esque dynamic between her and Maui as they navigate cyan-blue seas. It turned out to be an inspired move: the relationship is relentlessly entertaining. “I am not a princess,” Moana insists. “If you wear a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess,” fires back Maui. She does and she has, but there’s no love interest and she is every bit the equal to her big-chested, big-talking, curiously nipple-free companion. Like Frozen, it’s a progressive Disney movie that nimbly dodges outdated tropes… read more

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