Meet the Characters from Disney’s Moana

Disney's “Moana” Features Dynamic Characters and Top-Notch Voice Talent

The newest Disney animated picture, Moana, was inspired by the people they encountered during their travels to the islands of the Pacific. The filmmakers populated their story with a host of dynamic characters. A top-notch voice cast helps bring the characters to life. I don't know about you, but learning about the characters has already gotten me excited for the movie to release in theaters on November 23rd!

Moana

Moana is an adventurous, tenacious, and compassionate 16-year-old who is struggling to find her true self. While her father, Chief Tui, pressures her to follow in his footsteps and lead their island one day, Moana is drawn to the sea. The people of her village are forbidden to go beyond the safety of the reef, yet the open ocean seems to beckon Moana. Newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho was called on to provide the voice of the tenacious teenager.

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Maui

Maui is a demigod (half god, half mortal), but all awesome. He is charismatic and funny, and wields a magical fishhook that allows him to shapeshift into all kinds of animals and pull up islands from the sea. Maui was once considered the greatest hero in Oceania. His body is covered with tattoos of his extraordinary feats, including a mini-version of himself that acts as his conscience. Dwayne Johnson is the voice of Maui.

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Gramma Tala

Moana’s grandmother is her confidante and best friend, and she shares her granddaughter’s special connection to the ocean. Gramma Tala most definitely dances to the beat of her own drum, and feels in her soul that the ocean has big plans for Moana. She won’t reveal the legendary secrets of their wayfinding ancestors until the time is right.  Rachel House provides the voice of Gramma Tala.

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Chief Tui

Moana’s father is the gregarious and well-respected leader of the people of Motunui Island. He wants Moana to follow in his footsteps as leader of their people, but fears his daughter’s connection with the ocean and the world that lies beyond their reef. Though it may seem like they are worlds apart, Chief Tui and Moana have more in common than either of them realize. Temuera Morrison lends his voice to Chief Tui.

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Sina

Moana's mother is playful, sharp and strong-willed. She appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water, but wants to protect her daughter from the fabled dangers beyond the reef. Above all, Sina trusts Moana to make the right decisions. Nicole Scherzinger voices Sina.

The Kakamora

These wild, coconut-armored pirates live on a trash- and flotsam covered vessel that floats freely around the ocean. The Kakamora may be small, but they are ruthless warriors who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

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Tamatoa

This self-absorbed, 50-foot crab lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters. He wants to be more than a “bottom feeder,” and overcompensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny.  Jemaine Clement provides the voice of Tamatoa.

JEMAINE CLEMENT (“The BFG,” “Despicable Me,” “Rio,” “Rio 2,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” Flight of the Conchords) provides the voice of TAMATOA, a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab who lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Heihei

This clueless chicken/village idiot accidently stows away on Moana’s canoe, and therefore lands a front-row seat for her epic journey. But when Maui targets the feathered fowl as his next meal, kind-hearted Moana sticks her neck out to save Heihei. Alan Tudyk is behind the voice of HeiHei.

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Pua

Moana’s loyal pet pig has puppy energy and an innocent puppy brain. He’s guileless and sweet, and he’d do anything for Moana. Pua just wants her to be happy.

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MOANA arrives in theaters everywhere on November 23rd!

We previewed the movie in theaters already, read my review HERE.

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