“Colors of the Wind, “Let It Go” and now Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” are the anthems of young girls who will presumably grow up to become strong women just like their Disney princesses. Intelligent, opinionated and passionate are adjectives that describe the latest batch of empowered females gracing the screen, as seen in films like Brave and Frozen. Moana is the 2016 princess who bends water and fights for her people, a plot that mimics many sing-along Disney movies.
Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers picked up on the trope and ran with it while tackling Moana with a silly yet poignant take on princess movies. The trailer describes the film as a story that follows Moana, a “strong determined young woman who won’t stop until she gets the job done” who after a 90-minute adventure, becomes a “strong determined young woman who won’t stop until she gets the job done.” The description is hilarious and fitting for the typical princess story arcs, and the laughs don’t stop there.
The trailer goes on to point out Moana’s animal sidekick, mythical mentor, and genie as typical Disney fallbacks, and pokes fun at the company’s attempt to honor Polynesian culture by commodifying costumes and themed knick-knacks to feed the corporate cash cow. The soundtrack, another money-maker, is also lauded, pointing out that looping in Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is an easy ploy to win over fans of the cultural phenomenon.
But that’s okay. Honest Trailers has come up with their own soundtrack. Known for their Weird-Al style comedic updates of songs, this trailer does not disappoint with the “We Really Like Coconuts” song, the “Let It Go-ish” song and the “Uh Oh, We’re Making The Rock Sing” song, which is a jab on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s inability to sing, even with heavy autotune. The satirical lyrics include:
"You can smell what I'm cooking, I'll save your franchise, make money no problem. You all recognize my voice, my bod! But in one respect I'm kind-of flawed. I can do anything except sing. Autotune couldn't get me on track..."
Despite the overused storytelling tactics, Moana has grossed $581.1 million worldwide and counting. The target audience (i.e., young children) does not seem to care about seeing a similar story over and over again, which begs the question: If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Moana is now availabe on DVD and Blu-ray.
Source: Screen Junkies