47 years (January 10, 1974)
In a recent tweet, Miranda explained how Jemaine Clement’s shiny, people-eating crab Tamatoa was actually inspird by — yep, you guessed it — Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid.
|Species||Gargantuan coconut crab|
“Tama Toa” means “deceased parent” in Hawaiian and “male children” in Maori, while “Tamatoa” means “trophies” in Maori.
Whilst the character is entirely fictional, it’s interesting to note that the name Tamatoa actually means “trophy” in the Maori language. This is very apt because Tamatoa is all about collecting treasure and souvenirs from the people he has defeated.
Background. The fish hook is a sizable bone-like weapon created by the gods of Polynesian lore. … Thousands of years before the film, Maui lost this weapon after his theft of the heart of Te Fiti and his subsequent battle with the lava demon Te Kā.
One of three antagonists, Tamatoa is the only ‘bad guy’ or animal who speaks – and though his Kiwi accent is similar to that of Moana’s father and other villagers, his character traits and musical styling (his is the only song that does not have Polynesian influence) accentuate the chasm between Tamatoa in his …
Lalotai is a proto-Polynesian term that means “under the ocean”. … The creatures found in Lalotai were inspired by real deep sea fish, as well as creatures from Maui’s legends, such as the great eel. Some of the monsters in Lalotai made cameo appearances earlier in the movie during “You’re Welcome”.
The fictional movie takes place 3,000 years ago in the islands of Polynesia, an area that includes Hawaii, Tonga and Tahiti. The star is 16-year-old Moana, voiced by Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho, who goes on an ocean voyage with Maui, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
tamatoa Pronunciation. tam·a·toa.
Jemaine Clement plays the ‘fabulous’ giant hermit crab Tamatoa in Disney’s Moana.
Is Te Fiti Based On a Real Legend? Yes and no. Te Fiti does not exist in Polynesian mythology, but there is a goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes called Pele. Some fans are speculating that Pele is Te Fiti’s real-life legend counterpart.
Birth. Māui is the son of Taranga, the wife of Makeatutara. He has a miraculous birth – his mother threw her premature infant into the sea wrapped in a tress of hair from her topknot (tikitiki) – hence Māui’s full name is Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga.
|Occupation||Goddess of life|
Jemaine Clement is a New Zealand actor, voice actor, musician, comedian, singer, director, and writer. He provides the voice for Kerry Moonbeam, who is credited with singing “Mr. Universe”. He is best known for performing with Bret McKenzie as the comedy music duo Flight of the Conchords.
|Notes||Reprises this role in the 2017 Māori dub of the movie.|
Jemaine Clement has channelled David Bowie once again, this time, for his latest character as a crab in Moana. In the South Pacific-set, Disney film penned by Taika Waititi, Clement lends his voice to the character Tamatoa, a self-absorbed and greedy monster crab.
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