After we watched Moana, our first thought was: “We need more of this movie in our lives.” Lucky for us, that wish has been granted as a clip of a deleted song from Moana, called “Warrior Face,” has now been released, along with a deleted scene featuring Moana’s brothers (who didn’t make it into the final movie!).
The song, which was meant to be performed by Moana and our favorite ordinary demi-guy Maui, is sung by original Hamilton cast members Phillipa Soo and Christopher Jackson, bringing the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical connection full circle. Get ready and listen to this amazing clip:
As Lin-Manuel explains before the song begins, the song was inspired by the “haka,” a traditional dance from the Pacific Islands. We definitely hear the haka inspiration in the music, which was composed after a lot of research and development with the Oceanic Story Trust, a team of musicians, anthropologists, historians, tattoo experts, fishermen, and elders from the Pacific who consulted on the development of the entire film.
The deleted scene below shows Moana participating in a canoe race with her six brothers, along with a clip of directors Ron Clements and John Musker explaining why the scene and brothers were ultimately cut.
We love getting these sort of insights into the making of a movie! The deleted song and scene, along with other special bonus features (including a deeper dive into the work done with the Oceanic Story Trust), can be found on the Moana Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD formats. It is now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray. You can find more information here!