I promised links at the Moana
panel that just ended, so I might as well write that up first. The panel writeup will generally assume that you've read these because I'm hoping to get to a 1pm panel.
Good overview at Smithsonian.com
: references the Long Pause in Polynesian exploration of the Pacific, the controversy over Maui's character design, the omission of Maui's companion goddess Hina, the various coconut-people and general coconut-related issues, and some details that were accurate and welcome.
More in the NYT
about Maui's size.The Guardian
on authenticity as marketing tool (see: Vanity Fair
), especially in the context of the economic effect of tourism on Hawaii.A Twitter thread
on complicated feelings from @fangirlJeanne.Mari Ness
on, among other things, the unexamined weirdness about the environmental message ("it’s a message that diminishes environmental issues down to “magic,” something largely beyond human control, and suggests that only “magic” can restore the environment").
(A kind person on ToastieSlack provided me with some of these links.)( my general thoughts on the movie )
Notes about today's panel. I will say above the cut that I do not set out to be the Designated Harsher of Squee, but that I find these questions of representation important and if I'm going to be the only one making the case, well, so be it even if it's tiring and frustrating (it is).
Usual disclaimer: it's easier for me to remember what I said because, well, I'm the one who said it; I wasn't taking notes during so I generally am not positive which panelist said what, and so I usually leave those attributions out. If you want to claim credit, please do! ( on the panel )
And now I have half an hour to get some lunch and go to Ursula Vernon's GOH talk.