The new film from Disney, Moana, has done extremely well in the box office since its release. Though never quite reaching the heights of its princess-style predecessor, Frozen, the film has reaped in critical acclaim from a wide number of reviewers. But while some praise the perceived feminism of a Disney Princess who needs no prince to succeed, others continue to question Disney’s cultural appropriation, particularly in light of the controversy over a Halloween costume of Maui that was pulled from shelves after being deemed offensive.
Disney films shine a light into contemporary pop culture and its relationship with feminism and racism in particular, so if you are looking for a research paper topic in film studies, Polynesian studies or women’s studies, you can find plenty of material in Moana. Read more