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** In early designs, Maui had a shaven head. However, as the team did research, they gave him a thick mane of hair to represent his [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana mana]]

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** In early designs, Maui had a shaven head.head, [[InkSuitActor furthering his resemblance]] [[Creator/DwayneJohnson to his voice actor]]. However, as the team did research, they gave him a thick mane of hair to represent his [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana mana]]mana]].



** One scene originally had Moana taking out her anger on some coconuts by batting them out into the sea with a stick like baseballs. This was changed to her throwing sticks when the film's oceanic consultants pointed out that wasting her island's most valuable resource on a temper tantrum made her less sympathetic.
** In early drafts, Moana was going to be the biggest Maui fan and would've been slightly disappointed in seeing where her idol ended up.

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** One scene originally had Moana taking out her anger on some coconuts by batting them out into the sea with a stick like baseballs. This was changed to her throwing sticks when the film's oceanic consultants pointed out that wasting her island's most valuable resource on during a temper tantrum made tantrum, ''in the middle of a food crisis'', would make her less sympathetic.
** In early drafts, Moana was going written as [[{{Fangirl}} absolutely idolising Maui]] and obsessively knowing all of his legends, only to be the biggest Maui fan and would've been slightly disappointed in seeing where when [[BrokenPedestal she sees what he's like now]]. In the finished film, she knows very little of Maui or his past feats and only seeks him for her idol ended up.mission, though [[DevelopmentGag Maui initially mistakes her for a fan]] when they first meet.


* PlayingGertrude: Rachel House, who voices Gramma Tala, is actually ''11 years younger'' than Temuera Morrison.

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* PlayingGertrude: *PlayingGertrude: Rachel House, who voices Gramma Tala, House (Gramma Tala) is actually ''11 years younger'' than Temuera Morrison.Morrison (Chief Tui).


*PlayingGertrude: Rachel House, who voices Gramma Tala, is actually ''11 years younger'' than Temuera Morrison.



* RealLifeRelative: The woman who says "She's doing great!" after Moana suggests relocating the coconut grove is the mother of Auli'i Cravalho, Moana's voice actress.

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* RealLifeRelative: The woman who says "She's doing great!" after Moana suggests relocating the coconut grove is Puani Cravalho, the mother of Auli'i Cravalho, Moana's voice actress.


** Moana originally had nine older brothers who were the ones who taught her how to sail (making her the youngest child and only girl) and who she had to go and rescue.

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** In Taika Waititi's first draft of the script, Moana originally had nine older brothers who were the ones who taught her how to sail (making her the youngest child and [[OutnumberedSibling only girl) girl]]) and who she had to go and rescue.

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** The directors originally wanted to make a film based on Terry Pratchet's [[Literature/Mort Mort]], but a litany of problems meant that they had to abandon the idea and focus on a diffrent film, the end result being Moana.

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** The directors originally wanted to make a film based on Terry Pratchet's [[Literature/Mort Mort]], ''Literature/{{Mort}}'', but a litany of problems meant that they had to abandon the idea and focus on a diffrent film, the end result being Moana.

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** The directors originally wanted to make a film based on Terry Pratchet's [[Literature/Mort Mort]], but a litany of problems meant that they had to abandon the idea and focus on a diffrent film, the end result being Moana.


* CashCowFranchise: It has become this to the point where more ''Moana'' merchandise is sold than that of ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}''. It helps that unlike ''Frozen'', it appeals to both young boys[[note]]Not just older male viewers aware of the GirlShowGhetto phenomenon, who were a PeripheryDemographic for ''Frozen''.[[/note]] and young girls, since it has one female lead and one male lead.

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* CashCowFranchise: It has become this to the point where more More ''Moana'' merchandise is sold than that of ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}''. It helps that unlike ''Frozen'', it appeals to both young boys[[note]]Not just older male viewers aware of the GirlShowGhetto phenomenon, who were a PeripheryDemographic for ''Frozen''.[[/note]] and young girls, since it has one female lead and one male lead.


* CashCowFranchise: It has become this to the point where more ''Moana'' merchandise is sold than that of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. It helps that unlike ''Frozen'', it appeals to both young boys[[note]]Not just older male viewers aware of the GirlShowGhetto phenomenon, who were a PeripheryDemographic for ''Frozen''.[[/note]] and young girls, since it has one female lead and one male lead.

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* CashCowFranchise: It has become this to the point where more ''Moana'' merchandise is sold than that of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}''. It helps that unlike ''Frozen'', it appeals to both young boys[[note]]Not just older male viewers aware of the GirlShowGhetto phenomenon, who were a PeripheryDemographic for ''Frozen''.[[/note]] and young girls, since it has one female lead and one male lead.



* NonSingingVoice: Moana's father's voice is spoken by Temuera Morrison but sung by Christopher Jackson, making this the first Disney film since ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' to use this trope. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRYPYStuEvI Mind you, Temuera can actually sing.]]

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* NonSingingVoice: Moana's father's voice is spoken by Temuera Morrison but sung by Christopher Jackson, making this the first Disney film since ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'' to use this trope. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRYPYStuEvI Mind you, Temuera can actually sing.]]



** The film reunites John Musker and Ron Clements, the legendary directing team behind ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.

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** The film reunites John Musker and Ron Clements, the legendary directing team behind ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{The Little Mermaid|1989}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'', and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.



** Heihei was originally conceived as a much more serious, no-nonsense character that was determined to keep Moana out of trouble and remaining on the island, sort of like a [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Sebastian]] {{Expy}}. However, the chicken became unlikable, so they went in a totally different direction. Pua also had a larger role in earlier drafts, but it was decided that having an adorable, intelligent animal along for the ride would give Moana too much comfort on her journey.

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** Heihei was originally conceived as a much more serious, no-nonsense character that was determined to keep Moana out of trouble and remaining on the island, sort of like a [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1989 Sebastian]] {{Expy}}. However, the chicken became unlikable, so they went in a totally different direction. Pua also had a larger role in earlier drafts, but it was decided that having an adorable, intelligent animal along for the ride would give Moana too much comfort on her journey.


** Moana originally had nine older brothers who were the ones who taught her how to sail(making her the youngest child and only girl) and who she had to go and rescue.

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** Moana originally had nine older brothers who were the ones who taught her how to sail(making sail (making her the youngest child and only girl) and who she had to go and rescue.

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** ''Moana'' marks Christopher Jackson's third time working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, since both previously appeared in the original Broadway productions of Miranda's ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' and ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''. Phillipa Soo who was also in the original Broadway Cast of Hamilton is credited as an "additional voice"

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** ''Moana'' marks Christopher Jackson's third time working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, since both previously appeared in the original Broadway productions of Miranda's ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' and ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''. Phillipa Soo who was also in the original Broadway Cast of Hamilton is credited as an "additional voice"voice".
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*** Some sources suggest that the Kakamora battle scene is what ultimately saved Heihei from being dumped entirely. After someone suggested that Heihei could be the story's comic relief, artist Sunmee Joh boarded a funnier version of the Kakamora scene where, instead of just fighting over the Heart of Te Fiti, Moana and the Kakamora were carrying a chicken around the entire time. John Lasseter's reaction to this change apparently gets referenced at the end of the film with Maui's line of "The chicken lives!"

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*** ** Some sources suggest that the Kakamora battle scene is what ultimately saved Heihei from being dumped entirely. After someone suggested that Heihei could be the story's comic relief, artist Sunmee Joh boarded a funnier version of the Kakamora scene where, instead of just fighting over the Heart of Te Fiti, Moana and the Kakamora were carrying a chicken around the entire time. John Lasseter's reaction to this change apparently gets referenced at the end of the film with Maui's line of "The chicken lives!"


* DVDCommentary: The DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD copies include one by directors Musker and Clements, the first commentary provided for a Disney Animated Canon movie from TheNewTens.

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* DVDCommentary: The DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD copies include one by directors Musker and Clements, the first only commentary provided for a Disney Animated Canon movie from TheNewTens.

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