Maui’s line, “If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess!” is a reference to the Disney Princess franchise.
Disney’s Moana is set on the fictional island of Motunui . She is selected to sail and return the heart of Te Fiti, an island goddess, after it is stolen by the demigod Maui to give mankind the power of creation.
She sings to Te Ka : “I have crossed the horizon to find you, I know your name / They have stolen the heart from inside you, but this is not who you are / You know who you are, who you truly are.”
Know that your loved ones are always with you. But as Gramma Tala said to Moana , “There is no where you could go that I won’t be with you.”
What I appreciated about Moana is that Moana and Maui didn’t fall in love . They mutually loved and appreciated each other at the end of the movie, and they were clearly bonded, but it wasn’t in a romantic way at all. Moana’s story didn’t end by partnering up with her future husband.
Maui is not Moana’s father . Her father is Cheif Tui, the leader of the village of Motunui.
The character of Moana is not a real person. However, the demigod, Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson in the movie), has been around in Polynesian folklore for centuries. However, the creators of Moana did get their inspiration from historical facts and ancient folklore.
So it all works out in the end: Moana is not from Hawaii, and neither is she from New Zealand. She has to come from Tonga or Samoa, the two first archipelagoes where the Polynesian People was born. They were the only Polynesian islands with a population at the time…
As far as I can tell, the non-English lyrics of the standout Moana song are in the Tokelauan language . This is the native language of Foa’i, who is the lead singer/songwriter for the group Te Vaka, and most of their songs are performed in this language as well.
1. Olaf appears in Moana’s basket. When Moana sets off into the ocean to find Maui, she packs a handful of things in her basket, and if you look close enough, you can spot Olaf’s arm and nose among the pile.
The development name for Te Kā/ Te Fiti , ” Te Po”, means “the dark one” in the same language. Te Kā bears similarities to the religious Hawaiian figure Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.
Instead, it tosses her into a brutal storm for some reason, and the next thing you know she wakes up on Demigod Island to hear a song called “You’re Welcome,” which is essentially about the powers of demigods (specifically Maui). She is a demigod at this point.
Rachel House as Tala, Tui’s mother and Moana’s paternal grandmother .
Maui : I’m not killing myself so you can prove something you’re not. Moana : and restore the heart of Te Fiti. The ocean chose me!
Tala’s spirit appears in the form of an illuminated manta ray , and guides Moana to the open ocean, beginning the journey.