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In Moana, when Moana is in the Realm of Monsters, she (almost) gets attacked by this monster:

spider thing with a pink face??

What is this monster? Does it have a basis in Polynesian mythology?

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This monster was revealed to be called the Sloth Monster. Presumably this is because it's actually based on the model used for Flash from the film Zootopia (but wearing a traditional Polynesian mask).

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This particular monster doesn't appear in Polynesian myth (unlike the eight-eyed bat) and was a creation of the artists, along with many of the other monsters seen;

The monsters in Lalotai were inspired by real fish and flora found in the deep sea, like angler fish and bioluminescent deep sea eels, but there’s also an eight-eyed bat and a monster eel from the Maui legends. So they’re fantastic but grounded in something real.

The Art of Moana

  • I was expecting a link to a picture of that mask. It doesn't have much of a resemblance. – OrangeDog Sep 7 '18 at 12:32
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I was watching the director and producer commentary, and they said that the monster was a cameo from a recent Disney movie.

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    Do you remember which Disney movie? Valorum's answer seem to indicate hints to Zootopia, but if you have a clip of said commentary, it would be great to edit it in! – Jenayah Sep 7 '18 at 12:13
  • Logan is mixing monsters. The commentary talks about the giant spiked monster we see in the background -- which is a reference to the snow monster Elsa created in Frozen. OP is asking about a different monster. – Dúthomhas Sep 8 '18 at 7:44

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