Analysis on Moana

Moana is a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film created by Disney and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, about a young, strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti. When a terrible catastrophe strikers her island, Moana goes on her journey to search for the demigod Maui, in hopes of saving her people and restoring the heart of Te Fiti. After fighting numerous and diverse enemies – including the Kakamora pygmy pirates, Tamatoa the giant coconut crab, and Te Ka the lava demon that is control of the island of Te Fiti – Moana was able to restore the heart of Te Fiti to Te Ka who was in fact the goddess Te Fiti and saved the world from the darkness.

In Moana, Moana’s tribe called Waialiki utilizes the goods that come from the resources on the island in order to trade with one another – including coconuts, baskets, and fish. So with this use of currency, the creators of Moana assumed that the purchasing power parity existed here so their unit of currency could be used throughout the island and also with tribes outside of that of Waialiki. However Tamatoa the giant coconut crab realized the difference in prices between the various tribes and took advantage of this by stealing the valuables from one tribe and selling items he deemed ‘invaluable’ to other tribes – hence displaying the aspect of arbitrage, in which Tamatoa is taking advantage of different prices in different markets.

Moana talks about many different social problems that haven’t only existed in the present but also in the past – specifically feminism. Do you think men and women are treated equal in modern day society? If you do, why and how are they treated the same?

What do you think?


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