It seems Disney is deviating from its classic princess movie formula with the upcoming film, Moana.
Comic-Con guests recently got a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated film, due in theaters in November, and learned the 16-year-old main character will not have a love interest. Which means Moana won't meet the man of her dreams and live happily ever after in, like, two minutes flat, per the typical Disney formula.
Not that the movie, which is set in the South Pacific 2,000 years ago, is short on far-fetched plot points. Entertainment Weekly reports the action centers around Moana trying to save the world. (It seems like it worked, because we're still here.)
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements explain that Moana doesn't have a love interest because the movie is about her finding herself. Great message, as we all know you have to do that first, before you can fall in love. And after all, 16 is awfully young to find your soulmate, even if it happened for Snow White, Cinderella, and the rest of the Disney princesses around this age.
Fun fact: Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame is one of the film's composers. And Dwayne Johnson, A.K.A "The Rock," voices one of the characters.
I personally can't wait to see this movie, and love that Disney is doing something different with the plot, and its princess. Because as we all know, girls are equally qualified to save the world as boys, and P.S., we don't even need a boyfriend to do it!
Will you plan to see Moana this fall?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.