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In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

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Moana (voice)
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Maui (voice)
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Gramma Tala (voice)
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Chief Tui (voice)
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Tamatoa (voice)
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Sina (voice)
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Heihei / Villager #3 (voice)
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Fisherman (voice)
Troy Polamalu ...
Villager #1 (voice)
Puanani Cravalho ...
Villager #2 (voice)
Louise Bush ...
Toddler Moana (voice)
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Storyline

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology. Written by Anonumous

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island | ocean | quest | voyage | monster | See All (82) »

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The ocean is calling.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements | See all certifications »

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23 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vaiana  »

Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,631,401 (USA) (25 November 2016)

Gross:

$248,368,125 (USA) (24 March 2017)
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Trivia

Many of the characters are Pacific island language names/ or words. Moana means "ocean" and "blue" in both Hawaiian and Maori (the "Vaiana" name that was used in European and Asian released means "fresh water", so less fitting but still water-based); Hei Hei (Moana's pet rooster) means "Chicken" in Maori; Pua (Moana's pet pig) means "offspring" or "flower" and is also possibly short for "pua'a" meaning "pig"; Maui (the demigod) is the name of a Polynesian demi-god and the second largest Hawaiian island; Tui (Moana's father) is a name of a bird native in the Polynesian islands; Tala (Moana's grandmother) means "story" in Samoan (due to the character telling the legend of Maui, Te Fiti and Te Ka at the beginning of the movie) and is the name of the goddess of the stars in Tagalog mythology; Tamatoa (the giant crab) means "Trophies" in Maori. See more »

Goofs

Before the song "How Far I'll Go," Sina finds Moana sitting on a tree throwing sticks into the ground. However, when Moana begins to sing, the sticks are no longer there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gramma Tala: In the beginning there was only ocean until the Mother Island emerged. Te Fiti. Her heart held the greatest power ever known. It could create life itself. And Te Fiti shared it with the world. But in time, some began to seek Te Fiti's heart. They believed if they could possess it, the great power of creation would be theirs. And one day, the most daring of them all voyaged across the vast ocean to take it. He was a demi-god of the wind and sea. He was a warrior. A trickster. A ...
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Crazy Credits

The crab encrusted in shiny objects appears following the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Moana (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Know Who You Are
Performed by Auli'i Cravalho, Vai Mahina, Olivia Foa'i (as Olivia Foa'i), Matthew Ineleo
Music by Opetaia Foa'i, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina
Lyrics by Opetaia Foa'i, Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Beautiful Movie

This film is absolutely fantastic. Great CGI, great story, great voice cast, great music, and all around great everything. This truly is an instant cult classic that is going to go down in history as one of Disneys best. The CGI is beautifully detailed and polished. The sea and the hair of the characters look almost completely real. The story is absolutely amazing as well. It's not only thought provoking, but it also has everything, such as happiness, bravery, poignancy, and it just goes on a perfect flow that fits perfectly with what this film is about. The music is surprisingly pretty great in this film too. I think the writers did a splendid job with that as well. This film is beautifully animated and written, and I can't recommend this film enough for those who haven't seen it yet. I was pleasantly surprised and I think anyone who hasn't seen it yet will be as well.


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