Things about Moana you only notice as an adult


Let’s be honest; we’re all obsessed with Disney. From the elegant stories of princes and princesses and the heartbreaking scenes of Big Hero 6 (yep, you know what we mean), through to the hilarious misdeeds of Rapunzel and her super long locks, Disney offers something for everyone – and boy oh boy do we lap it up! In recent years, Disney has offered animation and live-action fanatics the chance to escape to new and improved worlds, and we love nothing more than floating to the line where the sky meets the sea with Moana in tow, and returning to Motunui, having restored the heart of Te Fiti…y’know, as we do every single day. While it may be classed as a ‘children’s film’ (pah) there’s no denying Disney caters for the adults too. Here are some things you’ll notice if you’re a grown up watching Moana.

Moana could have saved the world by herself

One of the reasons we love Moana is because it’s about a strong and powerful woman, who goes her own way (kinda like Troy and Gabriella) to venture beyond the reef and save her tribe and island from total destruction *gulp*. From the beginning of the movie, it’s pretty easy to tell that Moana is the ‘chosen one’ the legend goes harping on about – but Moana still thinks she needs the help of Maui and his dancing tattoos to finish the job. Why is that, you ask? Well, we have no idea!

Pua is bad luck

Okay, okay, this one might upset a few people – but we can’t help but notice a few similarities between Pua the pig and TOTAL DEVASTATION. Yuh-huh, when Moana sets off on her mission (seemingly alone), the unsuspecting addition of Pua the pig results in the boat being capsized. In fact, every voyage with Pua on the boat results in tragedy…until Moana leaves him on the island, and all goes to plan. Coincidence, we think not?

Coconut harvests will leave you ripped

We can’t imagine the people of Motunui have time or resources to go to the local gym, take a yoga class, or enter into a full-on session of core work – but it seems they don’t need any of that. One of the main things we learned from Moana is that coconut harvests will leave you with ripped abs, and will undoubtedly leave you with a bit of sweat on your brow. To harvest the coconuts in this movie, Moana scales a mountain, climbs trees, and even jumps inconceivable lengths. She’s strong, bro.

Moana makes us all feel very, very old

Although we still appreciate Disney movies, it’s fair to say that we’re not the target market, and that can make us feel pretty old. However, it doesn’t end there. Throughout this movie, there are some pretty hip jokes (our favorite: ‘When you write with a bird, it’s called tweeting’) that almost seem as though they were shoved in there to make the adults of the world feel ‘cool’ and ‘down with the kids.’ Well, not quite…

It’s all about the Easter eggs

Disney is notorious for adding Easter eggs – little nudges towards their other movies – into their films, and Moana is no different. Although your kids might not be able to spot them, they were clear as day for us Disney veterans. With nods to Finding Nemo, Frozen, Wreck-It-Ralph, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and more, Moana is so full of Easter eggs it should really be called The Easter Bunny.

Moana’s parents are definite Millennials

Although they live on a pretty remote Polynesian island, it seems even Moana’s parents aren’t safe from the world of Millennials – because they are Millennials! With an apparent disregard for their elders and an inability to let Moana roam free for fear of…well, whatever the heck there is fear of on an island, these two are the epitome of Millennial culture. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re also probably obsessed with coconut oil, considering their island is full of them…

If you didn’t notice any of these things about Moana you only notice as an adult, here’s your excuse to watch it another ten times!