It seems Disney has another leading woman of color coming our way and I could not be more excited. The film is 5 years from now, bummer I know, the film is going to be called MOANA (at least for now, titles do change in that period of time). Things to take note is the obvious Mary Blair influence in this concept art, and I am really digging it, I see some tiki idols in the foreground as well. Bleeding cool gave a description of what the film is going to be about.
"it’s an epic, or even mythic, adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific.
The lead character, Moana Waialiki is the only daughter of a Chief in a long line of navigators. She’s really a bit of nerd, but a nerd about sea voyaging, and when her family need her help, she sets off on an epic journey. Some of the other characters are demi-gods and spirits drawn from real mythology.”
2018 is quite some time away from now, regardless I could see Disney using this film as a tie in the adventureland area’s of the park. Since I feel a big Polynesian vibe from this film.
neat… first picture I’ve seen from the project
I’m gonna pray they go more Aulani than Adventureland on this one. The tiki in the foreground do look… somewhat accurate though. They remind me a lot of the ones you can see in the original plates of the Big Island heiau. I want to say the William Ellis ones but google is only bringing up ones he did showing the full-size tiki and not the smaller plank-like ones I am thinking of.
OTOH this is COMPLETELY BOSS because of all the research that’s gone into the Hokule’a since the Hawaiian renaissance and all the haters who think Polynesians couldn’t navigate the massive distances of the Pacific (and pulled off fake bullshit like KonTiki)
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IT’S WOMEN IN STEM
don’t try to tell me oceanic navigation isn’t science and isn’t difficult because i’d like to see you try
you have to know the stars, you have to know the wind, you have to know the water currents, you have to know sea birds and land birds and you have to be totally physically committed to the voyage— giving up your regular sleeping and eating and relaxation schedules to keep track of what’s going on or else be lost at sea to die
WHAT I’M SAYING IS THAT THIS IS BADASS AND NERDY AND FANTASTIC and Disney better not fuck it up by ignoring cultural context ufeelme
(also my main knowledge here is Hawaiian so I apologize for that bias, but of course Pacific travel is going to span a lot more than that. Hopefully not “just Polynesia” but Melanesia and Micronesia as well?)
(via destronomics)Source: didyouknowwaltdisney