In this episode we venture out past the reef to do a deep dive into the Walt Disney Studios Production film Moana! We discuss how the creators conducted research for the film and how the history and mythologies of the South Pacific play into the storyline. We also analyze some of our favorite characters, songs and artistic details AND we dig into some compelling fan theories that suggest Moana might have died on her journey or been elevated to a demi-god! And as a bonus, Katie tells us about the meaning of a chicken.
Moana Boxoffice stats
2021 Nielsen Rating - Moana is the most streamed kids movie ever!
Smithsonian Magazine article - Moana vs. South Pacific Island history
Variety article - South Pacific research trip heavily influenced Moana production design
Vanity Fair article - Disney formed an Oceanic Story Trust to guide the production of Moana
Culture Trip article - Maori legends in Moana
Oh My Disney article - 13 Things You Didn't Know about Moana
Fan theories - 10 theories that require a second look
Fan theory - Was Moana dead for most of the movie?
Fan theories - Was Moana made a demi-god?
Symbolism - What is the meaning of a chicken?
Symbolism - What is the meaning of a pig?
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