My post is both a follow up from another post and based on this npr article
This article chronicles Disney’s production of the musical score of Moana, the most recent Disney princess movie about Oceania. The director Ron Clements has been working since 1970 with Disney, and has worked with Disney after their rut. Their hit The Little Mermaid included music, and the animation with music has been the framework for Disney films ever since. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were working on Broadway, and Disney’s success on Broadway can be attributed to this. This time around Disney has picked Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of broadway hit Hamilton. He hails from the Caribbean and is very focused on the authenticity of the music. The creators of the music have done lots of research and studying on the music of Oceania and some native artists even appear on the musical score of the new movie. “The studio has taken flak in the past for appropriating other cultures in misguided — and sometimes insulting — ways” so this time around, they are working on the authenticity of their piece. The writer of the musical score Mike Mancina, who also wrote the score for The Lion King is also focused on the authenticity of the piece.
The problem is how authentic can they be? This time around they have put lots of work into the music making sure it is authentic, but are leery of making sure they appropriate the culture respectfully. They are working to make the music authentic, but as we have seen with the Lion King, that is not always the case. I think Disney has gotten better with cultural sensitivity and is doing great work to make sure that the music that appears in the musical score of their new movies both represents the culture well and is a reasonable hit. I think that Disney is going to do great work in the future, and I think that although they have not done justice to the cultures in the past, they may be able to redeem themselves now.