I have some pretty life-changing news for you guys.The leading princess in Disney’s newest movie, “Moana,”won’t have a prince. Yup, you heard that right.
“Moana,”which is set to release on November 23, takes place 2,000 years ago in the Pacific Ocean. The plot is an interesting one, one that’s different from the typical Disney plot in which a damsel-in-distress is saved by a gallant prince. Moana goes on a journey to save the world, a journey that her ancestors wanted to fulfill but never did, alongside a demi-god named Maui, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (and Johnson is even expected to sing!)
The directors of “Moana,”Ron Clements and John Musker, who also directed “The Little Mermaid,” previewed snippets of the film at Comic Con and explained why they chose not to throw in a love interest for Moana. They wanted to make “Moana”a tale about a girl’s experience on a hero journey.
Though the morerecentDisney films have portrayed their leading ladies without any love interests, like Elsa in “Frozen,”this change is still pretty noteworthy, and I’m wondering how it’ll sit with die-hard Disney fans.
Personally, as a tried-and-true hopeless romantic, I love Disney moviesbecausethey’ve alwaysswept us off our feetand have given us single girls a picture-perfect idea of what love should be,with their fantastical tales of incredible men swooping into women’s lives.
But I have to say it’s about time a Disney movie didn’t revolve around a woman being saved by a man (because, to be honest, I think Disney movies sort of screwed me up about love. I’m still waiting for a guy to battle a dragon just to get to me, but I’m settling for Netflix-and-chill romances). Sometimes, real life just doesn’t work that way, and hey, princesses don’t always have to be in danger. They can be strong, ambitious and single, too.
Besides, for those times we’re feeling extra dreamy, we’ll always have our oldDisney classics to refer back to.