Take a Look Behind the Scenes of Moana and 5 Years of Cultural Research

The news just keeps coming! Earlier today, we learned more about the adventures of Moana’s ancestors, heard a new song, and saw footage straight from the film. Now, we have even more to share about the research trips Directors Ron Clements and John Musker took to learn about  Polynesian culture and make the setting of the film feel authentic. The information was shared via a group of instagram videos on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s (Maui) account. Sail through the clips below to learn more.

In the first video’s description, Johnson wrote:

“5yrs of research and study.. One of my deciding factors to be part of #Moana was sitting w/ my good bud John Lasseter (CCO of Disney Animation and PIXAR) and understanding his and Disney’s commitment to digging in deep and putting in the time to understand our Polynesian culture, so as filmmakers they can deliver an amazingly authentic film. Proud of my Disney partners. What a job they did! Here’s a 3 part series… enjoy!”

As Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) explains, the film is “deeply rooted” in Polynesian culture. Filmmakers traveled to several Pacific Islands to talk to experts and learn more about traditions.

They were also taken aboard ships in Fiji to get an idea of how wayfinders would travel, and the culture’s connection with ocean. After learning how important the ocean was, the filmmakers came up with the idea to make it one of the characters in the film.

The final clip focuses on how filmmakers drew upon the Pacific Islands’ rich musical diversity to craft what’s sure to be a fantastic soundtrack.

“As you see we all wanted to make something truly special for the world. Showcasing our humble, yet fierce Polynesian culture and rich traditions in a timeless story about something we all go through… finding our way. So many hard working and committed people to thank and I look forward to doing that at this weekend’s press junket in LA,” explained Johnson in the final post’s description.

Moana sails into theaters on November 23.

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