8 Fun Facts about Disney’s Moana
About a month or so ago, I was invited along with several of my colleagues to check out a special all day event for the upcoming Disney animated film, Moana. The film is sure to be a huge hit when it is released on November 23, 2016, because it is just in time for Thanksgiving which is a huge day for families to head out to the theaters to watch a film. Moana is directed by Disney animation legends Ron Clements and John Musker who have previously worked on Little Mermaid and Aladdin. After seeing some of the footage shown at this event, I was blown away by the attention to.
After seeing some of the footage shown at this event, I was blown away by the attention to detail. I spent about 2 hours learning all about the technical attributes that went into making Moana. We learned all the different types of water and sand used in the film as well as a lot of other interesting facts that were completely unknown to me before this informative and fun event. While I will be posting a lot more articles about Moana closer to the release date, I wanted to give everyone an exclusive sneak peek into some of the things that I learned about Moana and why I feel that it is going to be a very special and unique animated experience.
8. Moana is a film that has taken a little over five years to bring to life.
7. The story for Moana is based on a mixture of various Polynesian folk tales. The island name was made from Polynesian words. It was very important for the writers/directors Ron Clements and John Musker to capture the beauty of the people of the Pacific while also capturing their history. The film’s title Moana means ocean.
6. Music is a huge part of the culture which is why music will play such an important and pivotal role within the film. Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda all worked on the music for the film.
5. There were several trips made to Pacific island countries in order to accurately capture the culture to bring it to life. Almost everyone involved took part in a trip to various islands so that they could get an authentic feel for what everything was like from the water and sand to the beauty of the people.
4. The casting of the lead character Moana was no easy task. Her character is in almost every scene of the film, therefore, the directors and producers wanted to make sure that they had cast someone who was going to be able to hold the entire film. There were 100s of auditions from all across the world. 14-year-old Auli was the very last girl to audition for the role. She was cast in the roll over a Skype video conference call and was later flown out to Los Angeles.
3. There is a rooster character named Hei Hei in the film. The various writers on the film loved this character but they had to recreate the characters several times in order for him to fit into the story. The character at one point was very smart but according to Ron and John, “Hei Hei may be the dumbest character in Disney history.” They mentioned that they had to do this in order for the character to work within the story otherwise they would have had to remove it.
2. The character of Maui is voiced by Dwayne Johnson. The character is very much just like Johnson in real life because he’s big and very charismatic. The relationship between Maui and Moana is the driving force of the story and deals very heavily with identity and defining yourself.
1. Maui’s body is covered in tattoos. While this is part of Pacific Island culture, the animators of this film wanted to make at least one of the tattoos stand out among others. There is a little Maui tattoo on big Maui’s chest. This tattoo interacts with big Maui and is created using 2D Animation rather than 3D.