Friday, November 25, 2016

our love-hate relationship with Disney World

This week's find is "Moana" - the new animated film feature of the Walt Disney Company

Team WoaWomen have an ongoing love-hate relationship with Disney - we love the graphic art and production design in their animation, no so much the creative license in their fictitious storytelling - 

Especially when it comes to [1] Disney princesses, [2] island folktales, and [3] indigenous tribes - subjects near and dear to us here at wonder | wander | world - we believe they absolutely suck. 

Read the full article of Richard Wolfgramm, Moana and Resistance Spectating, who has this to say:

Moana is not a perfect film and the root of the film’s shortcomings directly relate to the uncomfortable fact that this film that we claim is about US was birthed from the minds and voyeuristic gaze of two white men, and that this practice is still acceptable in 2016.

Just listening to Clements and Musker on the red carpet wax romantically about their motivations for the movie is cringe inducing  -  like Disney Māui’s haka. (Yikes!) It comes off as disingenuous, considering Disney as a corporation is clearly transparent about who they are, what they do, how they do it and what they stand to gain financially.

That said, it is a fun film filled with many entertaining highlights - foremost of which is its true star who gives great heart to the production - Auli'i.

The film also features songs and music by Lin Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i, and Mark Mancina.

Watch Disney’s Moana - a film, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho, opening in theatres in 3D this Thanksgiving.

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