) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures . It is the 56th Disney animated feature film . The film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker ,and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams .The film features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda , Opetaia Foa'i , and Mark Mancina .
Featuring the voices of Auli'i Cravalho , Dwayne Johnson , Rachel House , Temuera Morrison , Jemaine Clement , Nicole Scherzinger , and Alan Tudyk , the film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of the chief in a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui , a legendary demigod, in the hope of saving her people.
was released theatrically in the United States on November 23, 2016 in Disney Digital 3-D , RealD 3D , D-Box , and premium large formats. The film received critical acclaim, with particular attention directed to its animation, music, and voice cast. The film has grossed over $511 million in worldwide box office revenue. The film, along withZootopia, marks the first time since 2002 that Walt Disney Animation Studios has released two feature films in the same year and both films have been nominated at the 89th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature ; it also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song (" How Far I'll Go ").
A small pounamu stone that is the mystical heart of the goddess Te Fiti is stolen by the demigod Maui , who planned to give it to humanity as a gift. As Maui made his escape, he was attacked by the lava demon Te Kā, causing the heart to become lost in the ocean along with his magical fishhook that allows him to transform.
A millennium later, young Moana Waialiki, daughter and heir of a chief on the small Polynesian island of Motunui, is chosen by the ocean to receive the heart. Her father, Chief Tui, insists the island provides everything the villagers need. But years later, fish become scarce and the island's vegetation begins dying. Moana proposes going beyond the reef to find more fish. Tui rejects her request, as sailing beyond the reef is forbidden.
Moana's grandmother, Gramma Tala, shows Moana a secret cave behind a waterfall, where a fleet of outrigger sailing canoes show that their ancestors were seafarers. Tala gives Moana the heart of Te Fiti, which she has kept safe for her granddaughter ever since she was chosen by the ocean, and explains that the darkness unleashed by Maui's theft is now creeping onto the island.
Tala falls ill and with her dying breaths tells Moana to set sail. Moana and her pet chicken Heihei depart in a drua to find Maui. A manta ray , Tala's reincarnation, follows. After a typhoon wave flips her sailboat and knocks her unconscious, she awakens the next morning on an island inhabited by Maui, who traps her in a cave and takes her sailboat to search for his fishhook. After escaping and catching up to Maui with some help from the ocean, Moana tries to convince him to return the heart, but Maui refuses, fearing its power will attract dark creatures.
Almost immediately, sentient coconut pirates called Kakamora surround the boat and steal the heart, but Maui and Moana retrieve it. Maui agrees to help return the heart to Te Fiti, but only after he reclaims his hook, which is hidden in Lalotai, the Realm of Monsters, and held by Tamatoa, a giant coconut crab . They successfully retrieve it by tricking Tamatoa. Later, Maui teaches Moana how to properly sail and navigate. They arrive at Te Fiti, where Te Kā attacks. Maui is overpowered and Te Kā severely damages his hook and repels their boat far out to sea. Fearing that returning to fight Te Kā will destroy his hook, Maui abandons Moana.
Distraught, Moana begs the ocean to take the heart and choose another person to return it to Te Fiti. The spirit of Tala encourages Moana to find her true calling within herself. Moana retrieves the heart from the ocean and returns to Te Fiti. Maui, having had a change of heart, returns to distract the lava demon, and the hook is destroyed in the battle. Moana realizes that Te Kā is actually Te Fiti without her heart. Moana asks the ocean to clear a path for Te Kā to approach her. She sings a song and asks Te Kā to remember who she truly is, allowing Moana to restore her heart. Te Fiti returns and in gratitude, gives a new canoe to Moana and a new magical hook to Maui before returning to her island form.
Moana asks Maui to return to her island with her in order to teach her people how to sail again, but Maui smiles and replies that her people already have a master seafarer in Moana. Moana bids farewell to Maui and returns to her recovering island. Later, the villagers begin voyaging and set sail in search of new islands, as Maui and Tala accompany them in their giant hawk and manta ray forms, respectively.
In a post-credits scene , Tamatoa, stranded on his back during Moana and Maui's escape, grumbles that people would help him if he was a Jamaican crab named Sebastian .