a Lilo and Moana appreciation post…

I loved both Lilo and Stitch and Moana.

In both cases, we have animators who are probably not Polynesian portraying Polynesian characters…

I personally loved the look of characters in both films, (what do you think?)…

I wondered how they look stacked up against each other?

Both are “cartoons”, in which we expect some artistic license and stylization rooted in observation of reality. Lilo and Stitch is fabulous old style flat colors with edge lines, Moana is CG (believability not realism). L&S exaggerates the faces a bit more, leaving more space between eyes, rounder, bigger noses, and more tilted, almond shaped eyes. Stitch looks remarkably like Lilo.

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Lilo just has the same expression as Maui there… wait, does Stitch look a little like Pua???

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this will take care of your cuteness needs for a year…

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I love how the redhead is (true to character) super pale….

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these girls match, except for different hair… characters in Moana had more individuality…

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note that David above, is wearing Maui’s hook… (it’s a surfer/kayaker thing too)

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geeky kid on the left looks like old guy on the right, bet that his Gramps, they’re fabulous!

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Moana is thinking, oooooooo I just wanna be out on the boats by myself…

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Maui is the most exaggerated character of all, big, broad, icon of male power (not the cut and trim bodybuilder of today, but an older more natural type, but exaggerated).

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these guys, drumming for the dance school, were more regular looking…

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teacher was a BIG guy …

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the guys on the Big Boat, singing “oooo-loo, ooo-loo, fah-kaaaaaaaaaaaa!”

 

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3D version of the surfing bit….

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and let’s remember this…

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and Auli’i, voice of Moana (Hawaiian)…

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And here’s Dwayne Johnson (Maui’s voice, Samoan on his mom’s side, his granpa looks a bit like Maui) and Te Vaka (music, Samoan, Tokelauan, and other parts of the central Pacific)… a most fabulous looking band.

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