History repeats itself. Duke : As your closest partner in trade, It seems only fitting that I offer you. Your first dance as Queen. King : Thank you…Only She doesn’t dance. Let’s dance with me instead.
Here are some behind the scenes/production facts and trivia about Moana!🌴💙 I also have another very exciting Moana post coming soon so stay tuned!
The original story for the movie focused on Maui, and Moana was a secondary character on a mission to rescue her love interest. But after the team behind the movie visited the Polynesian islands for their research trip, the filmmakers became more focused on navigation as a theme, and they also wanted to make the central plot of the movie revolve around Moana’s own issues and finding herself, and “not her relationship with a guy.”
The filmmakers added HeiHei and Pua to the story after seeing so many roosters and pigs on their research trip to the South Pacific. And while all of Pua’s sounds are from an actual pig, Heihei’s voice is an interweaving of Alan Tudyk voicing rooster sounds and real recorded rooster sounds. (Alan Tudyk is also K2SO in Rogue One and Duke Weselton from Frozen)
Moana’s producers met with and recruited Lin-Manuel Miranda to work on the film before Hamilton became a massive success, they had loved his previous work on In the Heights. Also on the research trip, the first song conceived by Lin Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa'i was “We Know The Way”.
Clements and Musker wanted voice talent involved in the film to have some connection to the Pacific Islands: Auli'i Cravalho is Hawaiian, and they didn’t even open auditions for Maui since they only wanted Dwayne Johnson, who is of Polynesian descent and was raised there.
“Moana” is both a name and a word in the South Pacific — it means “ocean” and is not a gender specfic name.
When compared to other Disney Princesses, Musker believes Moana is most similar to Mulan.
The effects team built an entirely new system called Splash for Moana that would allow them to animate water.
Whenever Moana wears red, it’s a nod to her royal roots.
And finally, the filmmakers believe that the central message of Moana is “discovering who you are and who you’re meant to be.”