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8 Cool Moana Facts You Didn’t Know!

Moana facts! Some cool facts you probably didn't know about Moana!

Beano Team
Last Updated:  October 13th 2022

1. It's the 56th animated Disney movie!

That means if you watched one a week it would take over a year to get through them all!


2. Maui is based on demi-god Māui

Māui is important mythical figure in Polynesian culture. He's a powerful demi-god whose adventures form a lot of Polynesian traditions.

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3. The way Maui looks is based on The Rock's grandfather!

The Rock, who voices Maui, comes from a long line of Samoan wrestlers. In fact, the appearance of Maui in the film was based on The Rock's grandfather. Although most of the film is computer animated, Maui's moving tattoos are hand-drawn. 

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4. They used real pigs for the voice of Pua

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5. Heihei is the dumbest Disney character

Heihei the rooster has been described by the film's director as "the dumbest character in the history of Disney animation".

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6. Fly with Moana

Hawaiian Airlines painted characters from the film on three of their planes to celebrate the film coming out

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7. 16 year old Auli'i Cravalho from Hawaii is the voice of Moana

Hundreds of people auditioned to be the voice of Moana and Auli'i was the last person to audition

8. Moana's father is voiced by the actor that played Jango Fett in Star Wars!

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