34 Magical “Moana” Facts You Probably Don’t Know

Maui was originally bald, for starters.

BuzzFeed News spoke one-on-one with Moana directors Ron Clements and John Musker in July during a press event at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. And after hearing from a bunch of other key creative voices behind Disney’s latest animated feature, here’s the coolest stuff we learned.

Development drawing for the character Moana.

Disney / Jin Kim

1. Moana was deliberately designed to have a “realistic” body type.

2. Flounder from The Little Mermaid and Olaf from Frozen both appear in the film.

Development drawing for the character Moana.

Disney / Bill Schwab


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