November 22, 2016

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Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

In Honor of this movie, here is a fun DIY TIKI Costume you can make!!! 

Tiki Face:
 I took a large cardboard box and used one of the sides to draw on a face.  I found an image on line and drew the face on freehand and marked what colors we wanted to use on the face.

Next up was painting the mask.  I used acrylic paint from the craft store (normally $.50 a bottle).  It dried really fast on the cardboard, so painting went fast.   Some areas needed two coats (lighter colors).

Here you can see the  finished product before cutting it out!  The area not painted is the eye area that will be cut out further along in the process.    I used craft scissors and an exacto knife to cut out the mask.

Then, we bought a two hula skirts at the dollar store and  a couple of leis.  I had originally planned on using the leis around the mask, but instead we wrapped them around ankles on wrists.  

I tried using glue to secure the skirt around the head, but that did not work.  I was fearful staples would show through or irritate little man.  So on top of the glue, I applied Duct Tape and the skirt attached perfectly to the backside of the mask.  Next we had to make it wearable! We took an old baseball hat  that had a black strap and clasped it  through the eye hole. The hat was worn backwards on his head and I took the second skirt and taped it over the hat so it and the back of his head was covered!  

Feather the skirt around the hat and face to your liking.  Depending on the height of your tiki, you may need to trim the bottom of the skirt that hits the floor.

Pair with khaki pants and a dark shirt and tiki is ready for a night out!


DRESSED UP – Moana dons seven outfits in the movie, including the red tapa garment the character wears as a toddler when she first encounters the ocean character.
  • Moana’s main look includes a tapa top and pandanus skirt with a shredded pandanus underskirt. Costume designer Neysa Bové created the outfit so it would be suitable for an adventurer. “The skirt has a slit in front to allow movement—whether she’s swimming, running or navigating her canoe,” says Bové.
  • One elaborate outfit worn during a dance sequence is visible for just six seconds.
  • Inspired by the Taualuga ceremonies of Samoa, Bové created a ceremonial garment for Moana that is covered in shells and pearls. Her Tuiga—or headdress—has shells from the ocean and red feathers to symbolize royalty.
  • All the characters in “Moana” wear outfits made only from materials that would have been available to them 2,000 years ago.

HAIRY SITUATION – Early designs of mighty demigod Maui lacked his signature do. He did, in fact, sport a tough-looking bald noggin. But Oceanic Story Trust consultants from Tahiti advised filmmakers that Maui, the subject of many and varied legends, was typically imagined with a full head of hair. So character designers went to work on creating the look and a team of technicians figured out how to realize it.
  • Technology had to be refined to allow for a wet look for Moana’s curly do, since she spends some time underwater. Artists invited volunteers with similar hairstyles to come into the studio and get dunked so they could perfect the look.
NOD TO PINOCCHIO – Maui’s tattoos features “Mini Maui”—a two-dimensional representation of Maui that serves as the demigod’s conscience, ensuring he does the right thing—even when he’d rather not. Mini Maui, which was animated using traditional hand-drawn techniques by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ accomplished animator Eric

Goldberg and his team, was often compared to Jiminy Cricket, the official conscience of the title character in the 1940 feature film “Pinocchio.”

SO LOW – Tamatoa, the 50-foot-crab with trust issues, lives in an exotic bioluminescent world that’s almost as fancy as he is. Lalotai, the realm of monsters, is a place of fantasy located beneath the ocean’s floor. In fact, it was named in honor of its unusual location. Lalo means “below” and tai means “the sea” in Proto Polynesian.

SPLISH SPLASH – The ocean is more than a setting in “Moana”—it’s a character. Tasked with creating a rig that would allow animators to pose the ocean and create performances that would showcase the emotion and spirit of the character, the rigging team built a rig with a curved wave-like shape that could be varied depending on the need of the story.
  • The rig allowed layout to pose the character and animation to create a performance.
  • The effects team added water effects—flowing water, splashes and drips—to enhance the look.
  • The creative process included an in-depth look at what was developed for Rapunzel’s hair in “Tangled.”

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