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Tamatoa is an antagonist in the upcoming 2016 animated feature film, Moana.


Tamatoa is a gargantuan coconut crab[1] that hails from Lalotai, a realm inhabited by monsters. Known for his narcissism and deadpan sense of humor, Tamatoa is an avid collector, his shell being covered in various artifacts, golds and riches as indication of this. He also shares a troubled history with the legendary Maui, and is currently in possession of the demigod's magical fish hook, much to his chagrin.[2]

Official description

Tamatoa is a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab who lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters. The conceited crustacean wants to be more than a “bottom feeder” and overcompensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny.[3]


  • Tamatoa will have a song in the movie.[2]
  • In earlier concepts, instead of a crab, Tamatoa was designed as a giant, headless warrior from an Oceanic myth.[4]
  • Artist Ian Gooding compares the design of Tamatoa's upward spiraling seashell lair to the architecture of the Guggenheim museum.[4]



  1. Chesworth, Andrew. "Tribute sketch to Tamatoa, the kong-sized coconut crab from #Moana performed brilliantly by @AJemaineClement". (Tweet) Twitter. Retrieved on August 7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "'Moana' is full of colorful South Pacific personalities". USA Today (July 25, 2016).
  3. "New ‘Moana’ Photos and Character Details Introduce You to the Animated Cast". Screencrush (July 25, 2016).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 113. 

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