So I’m fresh from seeing Moana and my thoughts are ungathered. Mostly I recall a very large, very talkative group of kids saying things like, “Lightning McQueen dies!” and in response to that add that’s like, “Come see Moana on November 23,” one kid said, very scathingly, “That was yesterday,” and “Is he attracted to it?” and, “That’s what happens when you pee in water,” and “What happened to that lava guy?” and “He learned how to turn into animals, it was cool,” and “That was the best movie ever!” and “I have to use the washroom,” right at the super emotional quiet part.
To be clear, kids should see kids movies. (<< What do you think, most redundant statement of the century?) And kids being excited enough to loudly discuss things as they watch is nice. But the occasional, gentle, parental reminder to keep it to whispers at least would be nice.
In this case it was a party, so there wasn’t anyone to blame. And they made us laugh.
Also marring my thought process in a less charming way is an impromptu argument I had over Facebook with a barely-acquaintance/relative that started with me gently challenging his vitriol about safe spaces and ended (so far) with me gently challenging his non-backed up claim that most campus rape cases are just about the accusers regretting sex. We had another argument a week and a half ago about acknowledging racism in Trump’s win (he would not) in which he implied that I am a spoiled, arrogant elite, contemptuously implying that he is a racist because I don’t know what the real world is. I did of course tell him what I make hourly. And then I said something about Hitler. It wasn’t my best moment on social media, is what I’m saying.
Usually I just ignore his posts (three blocked him years ago, around that time he was being so deliberately obtuse that he implied our dad raped our mom. Yeah.) but I’m trying this new thing where I call people out on their stupidity. Gently, so that they might learn something.
Palate-cleansing Gramma Tala clip:
So, the things I really liked:
- yes please to Disney highlighting a culture and giving it some major visibility and very good protagonists
- as above to Disney referencing Disney. I drew parallels to The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mulan, Tangled, and Frozen so far (and all of those are winners, if you didn’t know that already)
- omg I can write a blog now about multiple romance-less ladies ELSA! MERIDA! STAND BY!
- so much emphasis on Moana being a child, which I love! Especially for women of colour, who tend to lose the societal protection being a child grants them far too early. We’ve seen this happen before our eyes once or twice, and also of course in the news
- the music is of course excellent
- Heihei and Pua. I wish Pua had gone with them though. He could have looked out for Heihei (the ocean seemed to be at the end of its rope)
- The part where Moana ends a very beautiful reprise by seizing her identity was the standout moment for both three and I (y’know. Apart from the kids). “I am Moana!” That was so important for a movie focused on cultural identity, but it’s a new development (maybe?) for Disney princesses. Disney/Pixar princesses might have done this a bit already but we’ll have to look into that
- Gramma Tala (everything needs more grandparents)
So that’s it for the princesses for now. But oh hey, did you see the new Pocket Princesses? Go look, go look! My favourite makes a cameo and it made my day.