Year released: 2016
Era: New Renaissance
Run Time: 113 mins.
Is it a Vault movie? No (What is a Vault movie?)
Available via: Pre-order through Amazon, Target
Is it animated? Yes
Is it a musical? Yes
Is it age appropriate? Yes
Moana tells the tale of a strong-willed
princess Polynesian tribal heiress who is chosen by the ocean to sail to the legendary demigod Maui and restore the heart of a godess to save her people.
Time Warp Notes:
Controversy about Maui in trivia below. There is also a single time-stamped joke about Twitter in an otherwise classically set film.
Related characters in Disney Parks (and where they appear):
- None currently
Related attractions that appear in the parks:
- None currently
Related landscape in the parks:
- The Polynesian Resort
Disney Nerd Trivia:
- Trivia: Maui was initially criticized for his size prior to the movie’s release. There is a stereotype of obesity for the Polynesian culture and the Maui legends is often a skinny teen. The physique of the movie’s Maui is actually based on Dwayne Johnson’s grandfather, a Samoan wrestling legend named Peter Maivia.
- Trivia: Most of the main cast are of Polynesian descent. Main cast members hail from Hawaii, New Zealand, Maori, and Samoa.
- Trivia: The music was composed by a combination of Lin-Manuel Miranda (best known for Hamilton) and Opetaia Foa’i, a Samoan songwriter. A similar mix of American pop composer and authentic cultural songwriter was used for the Lion King. Both men sing within the film during the song, “We Know the Way”.
- Trivia: The entirety of Moana is CGI, except for a small hand-drawn part: Maui’s tattoos.
- Oddities: Actor Alan Tudyk has been Disney’s lucky charm since Wreck-It Ralph in 2012, and has appeared in every Disney movie since then. He was originally not offered a role in Moana because the directors wanted an authentic South Polynesian cast. After script changes, Tudyk was offered the bit role, and recorded his part in less than half a day in the studio.
- Inside Jokes: Directors John Musker and Ron Clements also directed the Little Mermaid. They intentionally layered in references to the other Disney blockbuster throughout the movie, including a reference to Sebastian the Crab in the post-credit sequence.
- Story Origins: The story is an attempt to explain the 1,000 year time gap when islanders stopped voyaging and settling in Polynesia.
- Auli’i Cravalho
- Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”)
- Jermaine Clement
- Alan Tudyk
- Lin-Manuel Miranda
- IMDB Page
- Wikipedia Page
- Disney A-Z Page
- The Verge Review
- How Pacific Islanders helped Moana Find It’s Way
- This fascinating (unproven) article about how Hei Hei (the chicken) is the most important character in the movie
- An excellent article about Polynesian Wayfinding
- Official Trailer
- Moana Around the World – the song “How Far I’ll Go” sung in 24 lanuages and the women who recorded it
- A Maori Haka Dance
- A Collider Podcast
- Moana and Floyd Norman
- Overthinking It Podcast
- Animation Addicts
- Moana Soundtrack
If you enjoy this movie, you may also like:
- Lilo and Stitch
- The Little Mermaid
- The Lion King