Advertising

Disney's heavily anticipated new movie, Moana, will hit theaters in Italy next month. But with a different title. Because in Italy, Moana is already household name and not a family-friendly one: Moana Pozzi was a famous porn actress who later became a TV personality before passing away in 1994, Variety reports. So the title has been changed to Oceania, to save kids and their parents some awkward Google searches and dinner conversations.

Fair point. Just imagine a kids' movie in the US with the title "Jenna Jameson" or "Ron Jeremy's Big Adventure!"

Advertising

“There are two very simple reasons for the title change,” said an Italian marketing expert who chose to remain anonymous. “One is that if you type ‘Moana’ and do a Google search in Italy you risk coming up with porn videos. And it’s very expensive and a waste of money to try and change that.” The other reason, they said, is that: “in any Italian focus group ‘Moana’ is Moana Pozzi the porn star.”

Advertising

Tbh, Moana Pozzi sounds like a total boss. After appearing in dozens of adult films, she also became a TV personality and got involved in politics. In the '90s, she co-founded Italy’s Love Party with another popular porn star named Cicciolina, who later became a member of parliament.

"Oceania" incidentally is also about a strong, independent woman. The Polynesian teen heroine notably doesn't have a romantic interest. Instead the movie follows her journey to find herself. The original Moana would have been proud.

Sources: Variety