Watching Lilo & Stitch and Moana makes me want to live in the Pacific islands, cause I’m from a Caribbean island that’s terrible to live in. I want to try living on an island with ppl that have a similar culture to my Latin culture and with a government that’s actually better than mine.
When Moana sings “What is wrong with me?” in How Far I’ll Go, I get really moved whenever I hear it because I relate with that so much. I understand what it’s like to feel like something is so terribly wrong with you to the point where you feel like an alien or a freak that doesn’t belong simply because you see things differently or aren’t the same as everyone around you. And you ask yourself that question because you know what’s wrong with you but you can’t change what it is.
Moana and Coco are two of my absolute favorite Disney movies. They are highly relatable to me as a Latina and Native American, especially the fact at their core both are about family-doing everything you can for your family and your family always having your back-but still about being the true you.
I actually cried while watching Moana, as it reminded me of my deceased grandmas, who both died in 2016. Even when my favorite character of the movie is Tamatoa, I hate how he made fun of Gramma Tala’s death.
I hated being named Moana and, secretly, being Polynesian, at least a little, until the movie Moana came out. People used to say my name as Moan-a or tease me about it, and now they talk about the movie with me instead and I get to talk about my island with them. I’ve made friends talking about our favorite scenes or songs. It’s opened my eyes up to how beautiful my culture is, my name is and how Disney can bring us all together!
It would be nice if Disney made a movie with a heroine who wasn’t a princess to begin with. Perhaps we wouldn’t have to deal with the idea to fit criteria and such. I don’t think girls need a role model in every female character they come across, just a character who’s human would be enough. I can’t bring myself to like a princess in particular exactly because they’re too much of a goal to aim as a person and not a human I can relate to.
My mom is often angry and stressed out but she willingly went into the Disney store at the city mall. She was very impressed at the items, her mood started lifting, and she even started to pick out a gift for her friend who loves Moana. It’s nice to know there is a place that can make people happy like that.
This is something I love to share because it is something I think about when I don’t feel confident. One time I went out to have drinks with my best friend. There were these little girls who got out of their table and stared in our direction and we didn’t know why. It turned out their mom said it was because they thought I was Moana. We both have tan skin and dark curly hair but I am heavily overweight and was so flattered they thought I was a beautiful princess regardless of that.
I loved Moana. The first time I watched it was a week after my dad’s death. My mum (who dislikes any cartoon) and I cried when Moana’s grandmother died. I believe it was a cathartic moment for us both.
I never really cared for Moana until my two year old cousin, who I am very close too, discovered the movie. Now it’s her favorite movie and she has Moana everything! Seeing her joy and love for the movie made me really like it, and now I can’t help but smile whenever I see something Moana.