First I heard of this so making it a rebloggable screencap. For everyone, here is a link to info about Moana and other announced future Disney movies.
Polynesian Princess or movie: Good ! (no source I found indicated yet that it’s def. a princess movie)
Fashioning the movie after the Enchanted Tiki Room: I have trouble seeing any way of making the movie fit an outdated resort concept from the early ’60s without being… questionable?
I mean the concept of the tiki room is pretty vague so the movie could turn out okay! I think! Totally possible if they just really don’t draw from it much! Though the fact that it (the attraction) basically commercializes a culture while reducing it to a presentation of masks and birds is what makes the connection feel the most off and iffy for me.
I’m not sure exactly how Polynesians feel about the use of tiki masks (representations of deities and gods), though I can guess from your ask? (tried to find more but every mention of it is usually in an ad for tiki stuff that transitions pretty artlessly from “it’s honored in that culture” to “…so buy this stuff here.”) Beyond that though, this feels indicative to me of what happens when you use a symbol of a culture as a shorthand for actually learning about it… tiki is an ubiquitous symbol we all recognize, but 90% of us could only guess at what the meaning or origins behind it are. Pseudo multi-culturalism at work?
On the other hand… there’s a good 5 years til this movie comes to fruition which gives us all enough time to follow what is going on and try to make sure nothing inappropriate gets thrown in. And I think there’s a good chance that Disney has time to get cards in order and not devolve into relying on stereotypes or using it too obviously as a way to push generic “tiki merchandise” (more hopeful about the first part than the second)
I’ve never been to the tiki room so the following might be incomplete, but here are some more notes on it.
"Tiki culture is a 20th-century theme used in Polynesian-style restaurants and clubs originally in the United States and then, to a lesser degree, around the world. Although inspired in part by Tiki carvings and mythology, the connection is loose and stylistic, being an American kitsch form and not a Polynesian fine art form.”
(basically… 20th century appropriation.)
"Look at the Enchanted Tiki Room, with the birds all speaking in thick, cartoony accents by white voice over artists to get how what passed as diversity in the 1960s is now sorely racist."
If people know more let me know. I tried Googling but it’s completely overrun, information wise, by sites selling tiki stuff and I couldn’t find more than super general paragraphs about the Tiki room etc…
~to any fans getting huffy over discussing the film before it exists in full~
stop. apprehension and excitement for films are two sides of the same coin.
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- dyejob said: It’s very American-Imperialist, armchair-anthropologist, as is the rest of Adventureland. It’s cute, but aside from a few references to the attraction I can’t imagine how a film can exist in that universe without coming off as dated and ignorant.
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- chitoasetonamida said: As a Filipina this is really kinda exciting but I’m def kinda worried about how this is gonna turn out.
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