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Don't worry, it's a lot farther down than it looks.
―Maui

Lalotai is a realm inhabited by monsters that appears in the Disney 2016 film Moana.

Background

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 homed to a number of exotic, demonic and ferocious creatures — one of which being Tamatoa, a villainous giant crab.

Places of Interest

Trivia

  • Lalotai is a proto-Polynesian term that means "under the ocean".[1]
  • Lalotai is also known as "the underworld".[2]
  • Originally, Lalotai was to be a realm inhabited by ancestral spirits, as opposed to monsters.[2]
  • 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.[3]
  • Some of the monsters in Lalotai made cameo appearances earlier in the movie during "You're Welcome".

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References

  1. Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 112. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 122. 
  3. Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 135. 


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