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Moana Teaser Promises an Inspiring and Gorgeous Adventure

Disney's latest animated feature is going to be an interesting mix of going to their classic formula while also being progressive and fresh. Moana delivers us yet another Disney princess to be slapped on backpacks and lunch boxes, but just like Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) the studio is moving away from the traditional European fairy tale princess. We now have our first Polynesian princess. Based off the little bits shown in the teaser, she is going to be a strong and independent female who isn't easily impressed by the strength of males. This has been Disney's thing lately as shown with Frozen, and of course, this is a great new direction with damsels no longer being distressed. But even removing the positive gender direction, this movie looks bright and gorgeous with some really cool visuals. It looks like a sweeping adventure with interesting characters and a story steeped in Polynesian mythology. Plus the Rock as Maui has already won me over as a fun character. If this lives up to its potential, then along with The Jungle Book and Zootopia, Disney has marked 2016 as a year they've made instant classics and reestablished themselves as the rulers of family fare.