Disney's animated film 'Moana' criticized for 'obese' depiction of demigod

Disney's animated film 'Moana' criticized for 'obese' depiction of demigod

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The animated Disney film, Moana, is months away from hitting the big screen, and it's already making waves in the Pacific. But not all the attention is good.

Disney's recently released images of the movie upset some Pacific Islanders. At issue? They say the demigod Maui is too large. In fact, they say he's downright obese.

The criticism started on Facebook when Samoan professional rugby player Eliota Fuimanono Sapolu wrote, "Maui looking like after he fished up the islands, he deep fried 'em and and ate 'em".

Sapolu included a photo with the caption "Three hottest men in Hollywood are Polynesian, but Disney's Polynesian Maui is half pig, half hippo."

Others disagreed, saying Maui looks big and powerful.

"I do not see an obese man who has had too much to eat at his Aunty's house and needs to stop eating immediately," said Isoa Kavakimotu, who likes Disney's interpretation of the figure. "I see a demigod who looks like he's physically capable of fishing out the islands of which our ancestors stayed in. He physically looks like he slowed down the sun that was moving too fast."

In Polynesian mythology, Maui is a heroic figure who created the Pacific Islands by fishing them out of the sea. He is a key characther in the highly anticipated film, Moana, which hits theaters on November 23.

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