Moana was a major hit when it hit the movies last November, and I whole-heartedly agree with the praise it’s gotten. It’s a great movie, with great characters, but something kept on popping up surrounding Moana erked me a little, and got me thinking. Articles kept on popping up about Moana being the anti Disney-Princess: aka, the exact opposite of the ideals Disney has set forth with their other Princess franchises. Is that exactly true though? I don’t think Moana is an anti-Princess at all. I think she’s more the culmination of every Disney Princess, forming one amazing heroine that in all honesty is probably my new favorite Princess (sorry Ariel).
Moana is a resourceful, headstrong, stubborn young woman who goes after what she wants. So, exactly like Jasmine. She’s not afraid to fight, and get her hands dirty, a lot like Mulan, and she’s free spirited, and searching for adventure like Ariel: Only instead of looking for love, she’s looking to save her island. She has strong family values, and will do anything for her dreams like Tiana, She’s quirky, and a bit awkward like Rapunzel. She’s kind, compassionate, and understanding like Belle. And also like Belle, she doesn’t take crap from people.
So in short: I don’t think Moana is the anti-Princess at all. She celebrates everything wonderful about all Disney Princesses, while at the same time bringing a fresh, new take on the Princess definition we haven’t seen before. All the different Princesses allowed Moana to be able to be formed in such a way, which shouldn’t be discounted. She’s part of an amazing legacy, and I’m so happy she’s part of the Disney Princess family! Though if you ask me, she’s more of a Disney Heroine, like Mulan. But I get Disney grouped her into the “Princess” brand to be able to sell toys XD
What do you think, do you find Moana is more of an anti-Princess than I do?