8 Coolest Facts About “Moana” You Probably Didn't Know

Moana has been a family favorite film since it was first released in November 2016. After capturing the hearts of children and parents, the movie keeps receiving a lot of love today. And it's no surprise that the film has reminded viewers of Disney's powerful and moving storytelling techniques, which brought the movie two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for "How Far I'll Go."
But not every fan knows everything about the film Moana. They probably missed some interesting facts in the movie which even make them love it more. So, we decided to discover some of Moana's behind-the-scenes secrets. Below are 10 things you didn't know about Disney's Moana, keep scrolling down and check them out!

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

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You might be stunned a little bit by the number of Disney movies, which will take a year to watch if you move on to a new Disney movie once a week.

#2 They used real pigs for the voice of Pua

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#3 Maui is based on the demi-god Māui

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Māui is known as an essential mythical figure in Polynesian culture. He's a strong demi-god whose adventures form many Polynesian traditions.

#4 Heihei is considered the dumbest Disney character

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

#5 16-year-old Auli'i Cravalho from Hawaii is the voice of Moana

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

#6 Fly with Moana

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

#7 The way Maui looks is based on The Rock's grandfather!

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The Rock, who is known for voicing Maui, comes from a long line of Samoan wrestlers. In particular, the look of Maui in the movie was formed on The Rock's grandfather. Although most of the movie is computer-animated, Maui's moving tattoos are hand-drawn.

#8 Moana's dad is voiced by the actor that portrayed Jango Fett in Star Wars!

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