All of the Parts


All of the Parts

As you may know, I am a huge Disney fan. I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned this before, but my favorite films are the ones from the 80’s and 90’s. I’m a 90’s kid so these are the ones that I grew up with. I’ve seen them all countless of times, especially the musicals.

Now that I’m older, I seem to enjoy singing the songs more than watching the actual plot of the movie. The same rings true for the more recent ones. Like I said, I’m a fan of Disney, so even though I’m an adult, I still make sure to see their latest releases. One of the newer ones that I happen to be obsessed with is Moana. While the music from this animated feature is just as catchy as the ones from the films that I grew up with, there is one difference in the makeup of the movies that make the newer ones a tad bit better than the originals. And that difference is the message.

All of the Disney movies with princesses have the princess going after something that she wants, but in the early years, that thing that she usually wanted was a man. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a significant other. Most of us want one. Looking back at these flicks now, it’s a little disheartening that this was being emphasized so much (the exception being Mulan). Moana, on the other hand, is so far from the original Disney princess playbook that there isn’t a love interest mentioned at all. The glimpse that we get at a romantic relationship is from her parents, but that partnership is not stressed at all. The main thing that we focus on is Moana’s undertaking. Instead of going on a mission to get a man, she heads out on a dangerous journey across the ocean to save her home.

Now even though Moana presents a more empowered Disney princess than past films, there are still some classic princess tropes, one of which is the animal sidekick. Moana has a couple. There’s Pua the pig and Hei Hei the rooster. We only get to see Pua in the beginning of the film and again at the end, but Hei Hei is featured throughout. From the moment he first steps foot on screen, you can tell that the rooster is going to be an interesting character. He doesn’t talk like Sebastian the crab, and he isn’t smart like Maximus the horse, but he is funny. And the reason that he‘s able to garner so many laughs is because he’s not very smart. He frequently engages in easily avoidable actions that could wind up killing him if it wasn’t for Moana being there to save him from himself. At one point early on in the film, Hei Hei is seen trying to eat a rock that’s half the size of his body. When one of the village elders sees him doing this he asks Moana if it wouldn’t be better for them to just cook him. She quickly jumps to the rooster’s defense and tells the man that there’s more to Hei Hei than meets the eye. Just because he appears to be stupid doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have something good going on for him. Ultimately, this one thing does not define him, and this is such an important lesson to remember.

Positive thinker, so often in life we get focused on one bad moment or on one less than favorable aspect about ourselves. We may even start to think that this thing defines us, but it doesn’t. There is so much more to you than a choice that you made that you wish you could take back. A nasty quality that you have doesn’t mean that that’s all that you are. You have so many parts that make you the person that you are that these few undesirable elements can’t define you. When you’re solving a really long math problem, each and every number, letter, and symbol come together so that the final answer can be produced. The answer wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t have all of those parts, and one part doesn’t define the whole answer. Each element is just as important as the last. The same can be said for you too. It’s such an important lesson that you need to remember, so really take the words from this post to heart and keep the message with you always.

And remember…

There’s good inside of you!