MOANA Blu-Ray is Packed with Special Features

In our review of Disney’s MOANA, Mark Oguschewitz said it’s a “fun and emotional ride” with a strong female lead that will inspire audiences.  MOANA is now available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand and is packed with Blu-Ray extras that take you on a new emotional ride.

Director Ron Clements and Producer Osnat Shurer debuted a few of these extras at Walt Disney Animation Studios on February 15th. MOANA is a celebration of the Pacific Islands, so the event began with dancers and musicians to set the mood.


Voice Of The Islands

Let’s begin with Voice of the Islands — a mini-documentary of how the heritage of the islands influenced the story of MOANA, and how the people and their culture inspired the filmmakers. Well over half an hour, this Special Feature is worth the price of the Blu-Ray/DVD. The story of how MOANA went from page to screen is an emotional, inspiring tale.

Did you know that originally the animators designed Maui to be bald? I imagine to emulate his vocal inspiration, Dwayne Johnson. However, when Disney went to the Oceanic Trust with this information, the islanders balked. The demigod Maui is known for his lustrous, long locks! Hence, hair.

Maui (Dwayne Johnson) ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Maui (Dwayne Johnson) ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

They Know the Way: Making the Music of Moana

This Special Feature follows musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as they take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives. When Miranda was first tapped as composer for the film, he was only known for In The Heights. He was working on a little something on the side, some “rapping Founding Father musical” that should be wrapping up before the Press Run of MOANA. Well, that backfired! 

These three musicians worked together for the first time on MOANA, learning from one another and collaborating in the process. It lends some great insight into the music of the film.

Audio Commentary

Yes, Ron Clements, director, was on hand at my screening of these Special Features, but by bringing the Blu-Ray home, you can invite directors Ron Clements and John Musker right into your living room! By far the most enlightening thing to do with a movie is watch with commentary from the creators.


The Blu-Ray is packed with details. If you love learning Behind-The-Scenes details, this is the version for you. Here is a handy list:

Complete Blu-Ray Special Features

Theatrical Short Film: Inner Workings –  Inner Workings is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.

Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!

Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of Moana.

Things You Didn’t Know About …

  • Meet the stars of Moana in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John.
  • Meet the musical team behind Moana in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.

They Know the Way: Making the Music of Moana – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, MarK Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.

Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Moana Blu-ray

The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film.

  • Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
  • Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see.
  • Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke, and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical, and effects animators.
  • Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.

Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes:  “Race the Wind/Ties that Bind”; “Discussing Moana’s Future”; “Under the Sea”; “Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui”; “Education of Moana”; “Father, Daughter, Boat”; and “Canoe Race.”

Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.

“How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”

Moana Blu-ray Cover

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Richard and Sarah Woloski are the co-hosts and creators of the Disney / Star Wars Podcast Skywalking Through Neverland. The husband and wife team strives to create a polished, positive and fun weekly show celebrating fandom. They also love writing for Adventures By Daddy. Find them @SkywalkingPod