So I loved pretty much everything about Moana but two things I really felt like pointing out that were big deals for me were
1) the body diversity and positivity - They went out of their way to show a diverse range of body types. Maui was a BIG guy, not just muscular. And Moana was curvy and healthy, with obvious hips and strong calves and arms. They also showed guys who were obviously working a lot but skinny and women who were bigger and some who were thin.
And 2) ALMOST EVERYONE HAD TATTOOS! Even Moana’s grandma had a big amazing stingray tattoo on her back across her shoulder blades and talked about how she loved it and picked the right one because she wanted to come back as a stingray in her next life. It’s awesome to see tattoos in a Disney movie at all but to also see them celebrated as part of a culture is just beautiful.
i am everything i’ve learned and more, still it calls me… and the call isn’t out there at all - it’s inside me! it’s like the tide, always falling and rising! i will carry you here in my heart, you’ll remind me; that come what may, i know the way! i am moana!
“Characters in Moana don’t accurately resemble Polynesian people”
Honestly, I would say that if everyone were skinny and light-skinned (like the rest of Disney). But that’s not the case. Im sure there’d be just as much outrage if he were skinny with a six pack. You can’t please everyone 🤔
I really enjoy coming up with designs for characters who have one or no lines of dialogue - the extras. When they pop up in a script, they’re so incidental that the character designers haven’t drawn them yet. Sometimes my drawings end up making it to modeling and then onto the screen. The design sense in Moana is on the naturalistic side of the caricature spectrum, so many of my more exaggerated and odd characters didn’t make the cut (even though the point of those sequences was to lighten up the movie). I crammed a bunch of my favorites on this image. Enjoy.