The X-Rated Reason Why Disney Is Changing the Name of Moana In Italy

Italian children won’t be going to see the company’s latest animated effort any time soon.

Disney's latest effort Moana.
Moana Disney's latest animated effort. Image Disney

It’s not uncommon for things from the world of entertainment to get lost in translation but the story behind Disney’s latest movie, Moana, and it’s release in Italy is more unusual than most.

Due to be released this month, Moana is the latest in a long line of animated Disney efforts aimed squarely at kids.

This particular effort focuses on a 16-year-old girl from a mystic Polynesian island who sets off on a mystical adventure where she learns… well, you get the point.

In the US and UK, the upcoming release has been greeted by a collective shrug of the shoulders from most adults with a fair few no doubt dreading the prospect of taking their little ones to see it.

Over in Italy, however, the arrival of a movie called Moana has a lot of blokes initially excited, before they quickly realise it’s not the ‘Moana’ they were thinking of.

As TMZ explains, this is because of the presence of a certain Moana Pozzi – the woman regarded as the most famous adult film star to ever emerge from Italy.

Moana Pozzi back in the 1990s.
The late Moana Pozzi. The adult movie star passed away in 1994.

So when it was revealed that a movie called Moana would be arriving at cinemas, the authorities decided to step in because they really didn’t want any grown men turning up at the local Odeon in a large trench coat only to be disappointed.

Moana Pozzi starred in around 100 adult films in the 80s and 90s before passing away in 1994 in tragic circumstances at the age of just 33.

Gone but not forgotten, Moana’s influence remains so strong that Disney has now opted to rename its upcoming film as Oceania in a bid to avoid confusion.

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