My next assignment on Moana was to help develop some characters for the Underworld, Lalotai. In earlier versions of the story, it was inhabited by a colorful mix of spirits, creatures, and adversaries that Maui had cursed and banished there. These didn’t end up in the final film but it was fun to play around with ideas of what they could be! In the research I was inspired by the traditional headdresses, masks, and costumes from cultures like Papua New Guinea. There’s such a deep well of beautiful, adventurous design to draw from!
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