I’m not going to beat around the bush this teaser trailer is GORGEOUS. When Moana was first announced a few years ago it was exciting to see that Disney was finally going to create more animated movies not entirely based on European oral traditions. Based on the synopsis provided by Disney:
“Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.”
Our Heroine Moana will be voice by Auli’i Cravalho (who herself is a Native Hawaiian) and the once powerful demigod named Maui will be voiced by Dwayne Johnson (who is better known as the Rock). The only other plot revealed about the movie is that they will travel together across the ocean so Moana can become a master wayfinder. I know there has been some criticism about Moana being rendered silenced throughout the teaser trailer, but I think it is a good marketing strategy because the colorful nature of the teaser trailer makes me more curious about both the characters and the world they live in. I’d rather explore this world along with characters in their journey and gradually get to know them along the way. I’m also especially interested in Moana’s connection with water since it seems that relationship will be one of the many central themes throughout the movie.
Overall I’m excited for Moana and learning about the worldviews of Polynesians cultures on the big screen, but at the same time I’m also worried about the movie being a huge failure in terms of representation. In my previous articles I have mentioned Disney’s has historically not been the greatest in terms of representation of people of color, so I think my worries are justified since there are precedents for it. Well with the immense success of Zootopia I think Disney is heading in the right direction so for now let’s be hopeful and excited for Moana story. Please check out the beautiful teaser trailer here: