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Disney's Moana depiction inaccurate: MP

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/11/2016

Marama Fox says she won't be able to stop her children rushing to see Disney's latest film Moana, but says the depiction of its Polynesian characters is inaccurate and a bit of cultural misappropriation.

The film, which has already opened the US but won't hit New Zealand cinemas until Boxing Day, tells the story of a teenager on a quest through ancient Polynesia to save her people and discover her identity.

This image released by Disney shows Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson in a scene from the animated film, "Moana." © ASSOCIATED PRESS/AP Images This image released by Disney shows Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson in a scene from the animated film, "Moana." But the Maori Party co-leader's issue lies with the character Maui, voiced by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and his depiction as overweight or obese.

"How am I going to keep my kids away from seeing Maori people and Polynesians? Of course they're going to want to go and see it," Ms Fox said.

"I still don't think it's an accurate depiction of what Maori would look like, or should look like and it's a little bit of cultural misappropriation."

Every other Disney cartoon hero looks like "some muscle-bound Superman" in comparison, she said.

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