Moana and Princess Poppy Would’ve Joined The Women’s Marches

Moana rocks it

The little S.H.I.T.s and I went to see Moana at the weekend – one of the many great kids’ movies that have been released in the last year – a film about an adventurous young girl who sets out on a daring mission to save her people.

As is customary these days, the animation is incredible, the script is sharp and funny and there are strong moral messages.

But the main thing I came away with is that girl power is alive and well.

The heroine is, indeed, Moana herself. The daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, she is strong-willed and adventurous, and frustrated by her father’s strict rules that sailing beyond the reef is forbidden.

But when fish become scarce, Moana defies her father and sets sail on a treacherous journey with the demi-god Maui who she meets on the way – you know, as you do.

They encounter enormous monsters and impossible odds but nothing stops this girl. She is not afraid of anything and will stop at nothing to do the right thing for her people.

Moana seriously kicks some ass along the way. And she is not alone in spreading girl power.

Another recent big hit was the movie, Trolls.

Princess Poppy is our heroine in this moralistic tale of good winning evil. Yes, pink Poppy is all glitter and hugs, but her fearlessness kicks in when she realises she must save her fellow Trolls.

Just like Moana, her strength and optimism prevail throughout the darkest of situations.

Why, is that Anna from Frozen I see at the Women’s March?

And the list goes on: Anna and Elsa in Frozen – both strong, inspiring women in their different ways.

Tip, the lead protagonist in Home – she’s all kinds of awesome. Smart, witty, opinionated, and incredibly brave.

Mulan, the heroine and Chinese warrior who helped her people back in 1998 – a badass with weapons.

These leading ladies are tough cookies. Nothing will stop them from achieving their goals, whether that be saving their people from alien abduction, or putting yourself in isolation to protect everyone else from being frozen.

Anything is possible. Their optimism never dies and they never give up, whatever the odds are that are stacked against them, and believe you me, these are serious odds at times. I’m not sure many people in their right mind would take on the Lava Demon (think I’d just go for the easy option and head home for a cuppa in front of Made in Chelsea) but not Moana. She faces this huge hideous Lava beast-of-a-thing head on.

Gone are the days of Cinderella and her princess pals, waiting for their Prince Charming to swoop in and make everything better.

These are precious fairy tales, of course, but the new girl gang are fiercely independent. They aren’t waiting for anything else to save them. These sisters are doing it for themselves, thank you very much.

Don’t get me wrong, today’s animated ladies aren’t taking over from their male counterparts, but they are just as brave, fierce and downright dazzling, in their own right.

And that’s what it’s all about. Equality.

The Women’s Marches that took place across the world on the first full day of Trump’s presidency were awe-inspiring. Over 100,000 protesters, men and women, marched in London alone, sending a bold message to the world that women’s rights are human rights.

When President Donald Trump was voted in by the American people in November, it was a move that rocked the world, people were frightened. Frightened for their children and the future of the world. Frightened that all the work that has been done to make girls and women realise their value, will be undone.

But if these kids’ movies are anything to go by, our young girls know they can be Annas, Elsas, Tips and Moanas. I might suggest my girls stay away from any Lava Demons for the time being, but apart from that, they can be and do whatever they put their minds to.

But it’s our responsibility to keep reminding them.

And like all these optimistic leading ladies, we must look forward. We must live in hope that President Trump turns out to be a Wreck-It Ralph – an arcade game villain used to destroying buildings thanks to his huge fists and steaming hot temper. But after thirty years of chaos, Ralph learns that there’s a way to be good, a way to help the people.

We must live in hope that the world unites in their respect for girls and women being strong and independent, just like boys. There are no differences. We are all equal.

As featured in Huffington Post. 

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42 Comments

  1. Rachel Mitchell
    January 23, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    brilliant. brilliant brilliant. We have our own blogging leading lady right here in da’ hood 🙂

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      January 24, 2017 / 1:21 am

      Love you Rachel Mitchell. Your encouragement is so wonderful. xxxxxxx

  2. January 27, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Scary times right now, having women like Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton in the world gives me hope and the fact we are all fighting back x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      January 27, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Absolutely, Michelle Obama would send tingles up my spine with her talk of hope and the value of all women and girls out there. May the animated gal gang keep inspiring our kids along with the many strong female role models out there. xx

  3. January 28, 2017 / 2:17 am

    Strong girls from pixels and boosting self esteem all over the estrogenic crowds. #BrilliantBlogPosts only begins to cover how good this is… Next up, equal pay! As for me, I am deciding between RBG and Moanna for Halloween. xoxoxo

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      January 28, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Hi Lisa, I’d go Moana, definitely. You could wield that spear (obviously taking Health & Safety into account) if anyone dared to suggest we shouldn’t have equal pay. I strongly believe our girls will see a brighter future, and the animated gal gang certainly help them to see that. Thx for the comment x

  4. January 31, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I believe in fairytales and their happy endings. I truly hope that the world will become a better place to live in, not only for women and girls but for all. As this horror cannot continue forever… We just hav eto believe in ourselves, love even more, judge less and fight. If one thing all this animated films are teaching us, is to never give up and to always believe in your strenght. Thanks for linking with #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      January 31, 2017 / 10:18 am

      I completely agree – we must live in hope and keep reminding our children how valued they are, and to follow their dreams. The animated gal gang are an inspiration! Thx for the comment #globalblogging x

  5. Laura
    February 1, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Fab post! We too went to see Moana at the weekend. Such an amazing film. We now have the soundtrack which is played in the car both school runs and ballet runs every single day #brillblogposts

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      February 1, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Thx for reading – I must get the soundtrack! Moana is one cool chick. #brillblogposts x

  6. February 5, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    This is so well written. I would rather my girls aspire to be the Moana’s and Mulan’s of the world instead of the Cinderella’s… Great read #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      February 5, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you and yes I totally agree, hoping for Moana’s and Mulan’s too! Just hope they all know how valued and important they are. Thx for the comment x #globalblogging

  7. March 4, 2017 / 7:17 am

    I love the strong leading ladies of the newer kids films, trolls and Moana are firm favourites in our house and have been watched countless times. There’s something so uplifting and empowering about them and I hope it inspires the next generation x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 7, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Absolutely – I’m just so pleased that whatever’s going on the world today, the heroines in films are strong role models for our kids. They know that girls and boys can all kickass. Thx for commenting x

  8. March 5, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Absolutely fantastic read. Just brilliant! As a mother of two girls I completely agree that they need to be reminded just how amazing they are and what they can achieve if they work hard for it. Loved this! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS, hope you come back again next Sunday x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 6, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you! I’ll definitely be back. I love that these movie girls are kicking ass and reminding our daughters that they can to. #KCACOLS x

  9. March 6, 2017 / 7:48 am

    We went to see moana and loved it! I think I liked it more then my daughter! Kick ass heroins are great for our daughters (and sons) just helps to keep it in their heads that they can do it!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 6, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Absolutely, it’s for our boys too, to see that we’re all equal and we can all kick ass. thx for commenting x

  10. barriebismark
    March 6, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Great post! We havn’t seen Moana yet…but really want to. It is important for my girls to see it.
    #marvmondays

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 6, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      It is a really good girl power movie – definitely worth taking the girls to. Thx for commenting #marvmondays

  11. March 6, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Yes I bloody love this. I was watching from behind my hands hoping Moana and Maui wouldn’t end up getting it on, and I’m so glad they didn’t. GIRL POWER!
    #MarvMondays

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 7, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      That’s made me LOL! That would have been such a letdown wouldn’t it?! The kick ass girl falls into the arms of the demi-god! Thank goodness that didn’t happen. Girl power indeed! Thx for commenting #marvmondays x

  12. March 7, 2017 / 9:23 am

    As a new mother to a daughter, I am so pleased that we have badass heroines around every corner in these new films. I hope you’re right about Wreck-it Ralph as well – wouldn’t that be a happy ending? As I’m sure I’ve heard somewhere ‘if it’s not happy, then it’s not the end’ (or something like that!) #dreamteam

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 7, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Let’s just hope Wreck-It Ralph comes good….hmmmm chances?!Thx for commenting #dreamteam x

  13. March 7, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Moana… Make Way! Make Way!

    Here again via #dreamteam and still loving your bad ass princess post x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 8, 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Thank you! Loving bad ass princesses especially on International Women’s Day! x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 8, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you! Coming right back atcha especially on International Women’s Day – thx for hosting x

  14. March 8, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Amazing post. I thought something quite similar when I was watching Brave with my two a couple of weeks ago. Disney seems to have well and truly got behind girl power and equality. I love the ending of Frozen and the fact that the true love refers to the love between the sisters rather than the traditional “Handsome prince” type rescue scenario. A huge hurray to this on International Women’s Day. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 9, 2017 / 7:37 am

      I totally agree, I love that this animated ladies really kick ass and there’s no inevitable ‘love interest’. Thx for commenting. Girls rock! #dreamteam

  15. March 12, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I’m loving the heroines in the newer films. I never really wanted my daughter to identify with Snow White or Cinerella. Luckily she loves Anna and Poppy! #kcacols

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 13, 2017 / 10:49 am

      I agree, who needs a handsome prince to make everything OK – these animated gals kick ass! Thanks for reading and commenting #kcacols

  16. March 17, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I love this! And thank god these strong women have taken over from the clueless princesses we grew up with! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 20, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      LOLing at the clueless princesses comment! Absolutely – they’re fierce this new generation of animated girl warriors. Thx for reading and commenting x

  17. March 18, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Amazing post!! I LOVE it and I am loving all these strong female characters in kids films lately. I’ve not not seen Moana but I loved princess poppy in trolls. Thanks for linking up to #BlogCrush xx

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 20, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thx for reading and commenting – these animated gals are fierce! x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 20, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thx for reading as always Lisa x

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    June 9, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Good that girls get strong role models and are being inspired to be themselves #stayclassymama

  19. June 12, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    YESS!!! All the yes! Totally agree with this… <3 #stayclassymama

  20. June 13, 2017 / 7:42 am

    I would love to do a study on woman of today who grew up with films like Cinderella versus woman of the future who are growing up with films like Moana. I’m fairly certain there would be some sort of influence, so I’m very very happy Disney and Pixar have upped their game. The women’s march gave me hope, my mom marched in San Francisco and she said it felt powerful to stand there amongst thousands of men and women all wanting the same thing. Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

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