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This knot is called Bowline Knot. Bowline is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie; most notably, it is easy to untie after being subjected to a load. The bowline is commonly used in sailing small craft, for example to fasten a halyard to the head of a sail or ...


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The stones are a millennium-long tradition that represent each new chief on Motonui, an island they were forced to settle on ever since Maui stole Te Fiti's heart The man singing in the flashback is not her grandfather (that would make him Tala's husband), but her ancestor, Matai Vasa, from a thousand years ago. The whole point of the flashback is to show ...


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Obviously gramma tala married into the chieftainship. Chief Tui's dad, Tala's husband, was the chief and passed away leading Tui to take over. Moana as only child will take over from Tui. Tala was as Sina, Moana's mum, is now.


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According to the legend, it was implied that Maui, who stole the heart, had to put the heart back. Maui had no interest in doing this. The ocean chose Moana to convince Maui because it could tell she would be curious enough to entertain the oceanic travel her tribe (and likely other tribes) abandoned, and she had her water-worshiping grandmother ...


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Maui wants to be praised by the human, and be known as a hero, which is why he does all these feats in the first place. So it's not unlikely that he is exaggerating to some degree. But even if it's all true, that doesn't mean humans couldn't exist before. He lassoed the sun to stretch the day, there was still a sun and days before that. And even if he ...


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It's a trademark issue Disney’s alteration of film and character names is not an uncommon occurrence for French versions of English films. With past movie name changes including the likes of Finding Nemo that became Le Monde de Nemo (The World of Nemo) despite the Quebec French language version remainining Trouver Nemo (Finding Nemo). However the swap ...


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They are in Lalotai, the realm of the monsters. Also known as the Realm of Monsters, the entrance to Lalotai can be accessed atop a high mountain on a remote island. The passageway (a pit) leads to an undersea environment home to a number of exotic, demonic and ferocious creatures — one of which being Tamatoa, a villainous giant crab. The realm exists ...


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Te Fiti and the character you picture are typical examples of the Mother Earth archetype. Their designs are fairly primeval depictions of Gaia anthropomorphized. Slightly sexualized women, long flowing hair, sometimes made of moss and grass. A Google image search for Gaia or mother earth personified shows many similar examples. These are generic depictions ...


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Maui probably expected Moana to escape, just probably not as quickly as she did. There was, after all, a ladder in the cave. It is reasonable to expect Maui would have just wished to have enough separation between himself and Moana to make a get-away. She could then forage like Maui did. Although... since Maui had been on the island for roughly 1,000 ...


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One of the Special Features on the Blu-Ray edition of the movie was "Voice of the Islands", in which the Production team for Moana discuss their many visits to the Pacific Islands and with several people from the Polynesian culture. It explains that the Production team spent many hours in conversations and meetings with people and groups from that culture ...


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"Where we are" is not focusing on the geographical location of the speaker, but rather the state of the world (= her people). Moana has changed her world, and she's acknowledging that fact when she says "I have delivered us where we are". It's the equivalent of saying "I made the world the way it is today". To further extend this, I found the following ...


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Because Moana is the only one in Motunui that believes in grandma that insisted the legends are true. ... Grandma: But one day, the heart will be found. By someone who will journey beyond our reef, find Māui, deliver him across the great ocean to restore Te Fiti's heart and save us all. Well, grandma clearly knows Moana has the potential judged by ...


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As you said yourself: fireball. And if he flies too high to save himself from fireballs then what is the point? He still needs to get down to do the task.


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Trivia section on IMDb states (without references though) that In many European countries, the title and main character were changed to Vaiana to avoid referencing Italian actress Moana Pozzi. The voice actors had to come back and re-record some of their lines.


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I think it was due to being rusty using his hook. It was a long time since he last had possession of his hook. Also, we don't see the progression of him "getting used to it"


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"Moana" is at its heart a creation of Disney studio's writers and film-making technicians engaged in the making of a children's movie. It is a children's story, an updated retelling of the old Polynesian myths and legends. Those myths and legends center primarily on the relationship of people's obedience to their gods, priests, and royal leadership. ...


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She was looked at as kind of an outsider/free spirit. The chief often criticized Moana for her independence and her not thinking about what's best for the tribe. An example would be her going out into the water/areas that she wasn't supposed to. Presumably the grandmother, who encouraged Moana to be more like she was, would not have made an ideal chief.


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