I won’t lie, writing the line, “What’s next?” was a particular thrill for me. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. My favorite TV show of all time is The West Wing, and that was one of President Bartlet’s signature lines. I was thinking about that as I wrote that slug of dialogue.
Look, Disney is the devil. They just are. They’re a ravenous corporate entity of overwhelming size and enormous wealth. They start culty communities. Rumors abound that their lawyers are at the ready to corner you and reach a settlement ON THE SPOT, non-disclosure agreements in hand, should something terrible happen in one of their theme parks. They’re the devil, no doubt about it.
They’re also AMAZING. They don’t do anything half-assed if they can avoid it. I can’t remember the last time I saw something from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Lucasfilm that wasn’t quality. My wife complains about the every rising ticket prices at the theme parks, but as far as I’m concerned, if their attendance stays high, and it does, then people feel like THEY’RE GETTING WHAT THEY PAY FOR.
I say all of this because #Squirrel and I watched Moana today (I’m writing this on Saturday). Holy [REDACTED], it was good. You guys know how much diversity in storytelling means to me personally, and seeing an animated children’s film filled with beautiful brown people meant the world to me, especially because “being brown” wasn’t what the film was about. It was just a wonderful addition to modern mythology, an especially good addition for girls. Once it was over, #Squirrel announced that we were buying it. (We watched it on demand.) I certainly wasn’t about to argue.
Also, no joke, it might have been the most beautifully animated film I’ve ever seen.
The movie is a masterful use of color and motion. There were tears standing in my eyes for…half the movie? It was an excellent, excellent film. As someone who lives for great fantasy, it was like this film was made for me…and I’m about as far from a little girl as one can get.
This the kind of work that we want to do, at least in terms of quality. (Hell, I’d kill to tell exactly this kind of story.) Man, this fired me up this past weekend.