by Courtney Helmuth
Get ready. Walt Disney has just released their next princess. Her name is Moana, which means ‘ocean’ in many Polynesian languages. Disney plans on releasing their newest CG film in late 2016.
While Disney has not let very many details slip, a basic plot has been shared. A young, adventurist female sets off on an adventure to find a fabled island in the world of Oceania. She teams up with the Polynesian demigod, Maui, to complete her “ancestor’s quest.” Along the way, they meet mythical sea creatures, underworlds, and folklore.
Following in the footsteps of previous movies, such as ‘Brave’ and ‘Frozen,’ Moana will be the courageous heroine of the movie. Unlike the earlier Disney princesses, she won’t be sitting around waiting for a Prince Charming to come save her. Instead, she embarks on her own adventure.
Disney has taken many steps in the right direction for women. With ‘Frozen’ grossing $1.27 billion, you can clearly see how the idea of a strong female lead and sisterhood attracts people to watch and re-watch a movie. Here’s to hoping that what ‘Frozen’ did for feminism is what ‘Moana’ does for cultural diversity. Especially considering the fact that she will be only the fifth princess of color.