It's never a surprise in #animation to find hidden connections between movies. From #Pixar's Easter Eggs to far-fetched fan theories managing to bring together Frozen, Tarzan and The Little Mermaid, not a single frame has escaped fans' attention. But while most of these connections are more wishful thinking than actual links between the movies, some make total sense — especially when the creators behind the stories decide to join the party.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway genius and composer for #Moana, revealed on Twitter that one particular scene of the Polynesian adventure was inspired by one of his own childhood classics: The Little Mermaid. That's right, the stories of Moana and Ariel have more in common than just the sea!
With 'Moana,' Lin-Manuel Miranda Made His Own Childhood Dream Come True
Looks like Miranda had a clear favorite when he watched The Little Mermaid as a kid: Sebastian the crab. And ever since he saw it for the first time, he'd promised himself that one day, he'd see not a human thinking about eating crab, but a crab singing about eating humans in a #Disney movie. Did he predict he'd be the one to create the scene, too?
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In Moana, Tamatoa is a giant crab voiced by Jemaine Clement, with a strong taste for everything shiny and an old grudge against Maui. His song scene, titled "Shiny," is one of the musical and visual highlights of the movie — after all, it's not everyday that you see a crab covered in gold and shining in the dark.
What's your favorite song in Moana?