Project Description



Released in 2016, Walt Disney Pictures’ 56th animated feature film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a Polynesian village’s chief who is chosen by the ocean to locate Maui, a legendary demigod, that assists her in reuniting a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti. Lin-Manuel contributed music, lyrics and vocals to the movie, which was nominated for 2 Academy Awards — Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go.”


Directors: John Musker, Ron Clements

Co-Directors: Chris Williams, Don Hall

P.G.A: Osnat Shurer

Executive Producer: John Lasseter

Associate Producer: Nicole P. Hearon

Screenplay: Jared Bush

Story: John Musker, Ron Clements, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell

Writer: Taika Waititi

Original Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina

Original Score: Mark Mancina

Editor: Jeff Draheim, A.C.E; 

Visual Effects Supervisor: Kyle Odermatt

Production Designer: Ian Gooding

Art Director Environment and Color: Andy Harkness

Art Director Characters: Bill Schwab

Production Manager: Yvett Merino

Heads of Story: David Pimentel, John Ripa

Heads of Animation: Hyrum Virl Osmond, Amty Lawson Smeed

Director of Cinematography Layout: Rob Dressel

Director of Cinematography Lighting: Adolph Lusinsky

Technical Supervisor: Hank Driskill

Head of Characters and Technical Animation: Carlos Cabral

Head of Environments: Larry Wu

Heads of Effects Animation: Dale Mayeda, Marlon West

Stereoscopic Supervisor: Robert Neuman

Modeling Supervisors: Chad Stubblefield (Characters), Brien Hindman (Environments)

Look Development Supervisors: Jack Fulmer (Characters), Colin Eckart (Environments and Set Extension)

Character Rigging Supervisor: Matt Schiller

Simulation Supervisor: Marc Thyng

Technical Animation Supervisors: Christopher Evart, Mark Empey

Animation Supervisors: Adam Green, Jennifer Hager, Mack Kablan, Daniel James Klug, Malcon B. Pierce III

Hand-Drawn Animation Supervisor: Eric Goldberg

Crowds Supervisor: Yasser Hamed

Associate Technical Supervisors: Brett Achorn, Sean Palmer

Layout Finaling Supervisor: Michael Talarico

Lighting Supervisors: Corey Butler, Gregory Culp, Daniel Rice, Chris Springfield, Jennifer Yu

Sound Designer & Supervising Sound Editor: Tim Nielsen

Post Production Executive: Bérénice Robinson

Executive Music Producers: Tom MacDougall, Chris Montan

Senior Production Supervisor: Karen Ryan

Production Planning & Finance Manager: Belinda M. Hsu

Casting: Jamie Sparer Roberts, CSA

Auli’i Cravalho (Moana)
Dwayne Johnson (Maui)
Rachel House (Gramma Tala)
Temuera Morrison (Chief Tui)
Jemaine Clement (Tamatoa)
Nicole Scherzinger (Sina)
Alan Tudyk (Heihei/Villager #3)
Oscar Kightley (Fisherman)
Troy Polamalu (Villager #1)
Puanani Cravalho (Villager #2)
Louise Bush (Toddler Moana)

2017 Academy Awards – 2 Nominations
Animated Feature Film
Original Song Music – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Original Song Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda

2017 British Academy of Film and Television Awards – 1 Nomination
Animated Film

2017 Golden Globes Nominations – 2 Nominations
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Best Original Song Motion Picture – Lin-Manuel Miranda 

2018 Grammy Awards – 2 Nominations, 1 Win
Best Song Written for Visual Media – Lin-Manuel Miranda, “How Far I’ll Go”
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – Opetaia Foa’I, Tom MacDougall, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Nom.)

The Goods

Official Disney Page

Moana Little Golden Book

Official Merchandise

Children’s Activity Pack

Gallery Photos Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios