Reflections on Disney's Moana

How has Disney imagined Oceania in its upcoming animated film, Moana? A group of Māori/Pasifika/Arts students and scholars from the University of Auckland respond to Disney's trailers in this short film.

Moana, the upcoming feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, has been widely promoted and debated on social media. A key area of criticism has centered on how Disney imagines the Pacific. In the video below group of Auckland University Students, Tuākana Arts Mentors, and Scholars share a variety of views in response to trailers of Disney's Moana. They push beyond them in the Spirit of Maui, working with the global interest for mainstream pop-culture and media, in order to share some complex Indigenous perspectives and stories of Moana.