So, before I get into this, I’ll tell you this question I’ve been asking myself: why did the ocean chose Moana?
Let’s take a look at Te Fiti:
If you notice, she looks remarkably like Moana.
I know people that think this is just the animators laziness, but I disagree.
As we know from the movie, the ocean saved Maui and brought him to the gods. However, as we know from the movie, Maui’s tattoos show his life story. Any time something big happens, a tattoo appears showing where he was from. But humans can’t do that, and he says: I wasn’t born a demigod. And we know that has lived for thousands of years. We also know that he is immortal. Since he has characteristics that gods do, does that mean that when his parents threw him into the ocean, he died? I mean, a baby that can’t swim, that would make sense. Let’s assume that he did die, who do we know would save him? Of course the goddess of life herself, Te Fiti. She would save a baby who didn’t have a chance, and give him a chance to live. But she didn’t stop there, she made him an immortal demigod and gave him the power of shape shifting through his magic hook.
So, now that we have analyzed Maui, let’s bring back the original question: why did the ocean choose Moana?
Moana in this scene saves a baby turtle from the birds. She made sure that the baby turtle made it into the ocean safely. And, if we already didn’t know from science, it is very hazardous for baby turtles to make it to the ocean because of the birds ready to eat them, this scene shows it very well too. No one came here to help the turtles, except Moana. She gave the turtle a chance to live. But does that sound familiar?
Also, Moana befriends Heihei, and Pua. a pig and a chicken who wasn’t exactly smart. Heihei was threatened to be cooked for food, and Pua was a small pig. Not the obvious choice for companions. But Moana chose them, brought Heihei on her adventure, and made sure they were safe.
If I were the ocean, I would choose someone to restore the heart of Te Fiti who had the heart of Te Fiti. Someone who makes life possible. Te Fiti gives life, Moana makes it possible. Moana makes all of the decisions for her village to keep it alive. As if the obvious looks weren’t enough to show the similarities.
Conclusion: the ocean chose Moana because she reminded it of Te Fiti. And if Moana was truly like Te Fiti, she would see that Te Ka was really Te Fiti and she wouldn’t run. Instead, she would see past the lava monster and see who she really is. Her gentleness will stop the monster and bring back Te Fiti. She would tame the heartless monster to bring the goddess full of love back.