Disney's first Polynesian princess, Moana, made her debut in her film of the same name back in 2016 and continues to make waves in the fandom. Repeat viewers across the internet have paid extra attention to the artistry poured into this labor of love and keep finding small details that just make the film richer. This is a collection of small details you may have missed when watching Moana for the first time, spotted by fans.
Did you manage to catch any of these on your first viewing? Vote up the details you're going to keep an eye out for going forward!
1. The Writers Had A Bit Of Fun With Their Foreshadowing
From Redditor u/missjardinera:
In Moana, a villager foreshadows the chicken's unsuccessful attempt to consume Maui.Cool detail?
2. The Disney Animated Universe Shares Botanicals
From Redditor u/TheNintendoBoy pointed out this incredibly cool floral detail:
In Disney's Moana, (2016) the magical flower that gave Rapunzel's hair healing powers in Tangled (2011) can be briefly seen at the end of the film being healed among other dead flowers by Te Fiti.Cool detail?
3. Moana's Necklace Perfectly Reflects The Legacy She Carries
From Redditor u/mangatagloss:
The ancestors wore a combination of the necklaces. But Moana’s father wasn’t a wayfinder, so his mother kept it. She was the village “crazy lady,” because she still believed in the ancestors’ stories of travel. She passed it to Moana since she was chosen by the sea.Cool detail?
4. Maui's Botched Transformation Is Incredibly Detailed
From Redditor u/mikepjr
In Moana (2016), when Maui botches a shapeshift after recovering his hook, he turns into a half-man / half-shark. The tattoo on his chest, which change to depict his deeds, also updates to this hybrid − even mimicking his despondent expression.Cool detail?