Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney
If you’ve never seen Meet the Robinson’s before, you really need too. The whole movie is based around the phrase “Keep Moving Forward” and how failing =/= failure.
Disney’s first Polynesian princess movie is a musical in the tradition of “The Little Mermaid” or “Pocohontas,” and it opens with a song number with Moana’s birth that brings to mind The Circle of Life from “The Lion King.” The story is set 2,000 years ago, where 16-year-old Moana wants to set sail to explore nearby islands. After her grandmother’s death, she sneaks away in a boat (despite her father’s instructions not to do so), along with sidekicks in the form of a pig (Pua) and a rooster (Hei). When she gets stranded on an island, she meets mythical hero Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who wears tattoos that come to life and an owns a magical sea hook, but he’ll need our heroine’s help.
“Moana” is the rare Disney film headlined by a character who isn’t white, a goal that has become more of a priority for Disney/Pixar, according to comments from Lasseter at this week’s “Inside Out” press conference. In his remarks today, Lasseter revealed that members of the Disney team travelled to the South Pacific for research and they have run the story by a group of “fishmakers, anthropologists and elders” who live in the region. “We have gotten their notes, their blessings,” Lasseter said.