OPINION: Comparing the 'Moana' Soundtrack to Past Disney Movies

Walt Disney Animation Studios' 56th Animated Feature, Moana, has received widespread acclaim for breaking the conventional molds of the Disney Princess movie. Instead of the classic tropes, Moana centers around a strong-willed Polynesian teenager and her culture, following her quest to save her tribe from disaster. There are no love interests, no damsel in distress in need of rescue. Heck, she even takes offense when called princess. Thematically, Moana holds significance by expanding the possibilities of diversity in Disney’s notoriously whitewashed architecture.