The names Ron Clements and John Musker will not be unfamiliar to fans of the classic Disney animated musicals of the nineties. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, these two gentlemen are responsible for some of Disney’s biggest, most memorable hits. This year, they’re back with another sure-to-be hit, Moana. It’s their first CG animated feature, but it lacks none of the hallmarks of their old hand drawn classics.
Screen Rant had a chance to talk with the duo at the press day for Moana, where we talked about the numerous easter eggs hidden throughout the film, the long research and development process, as well as the fantastic short film, Inner Workings, that will be playing in front of Moana when it hits theaters this Thanksgiving.
(This interview has been edited for length and clarity)
Disney-Pixar, they always have these Easter eggs sometimes in their films. Can you tell me any easter eggs that may have been in Moana?
John Musker: We can give you some hints to the Easter eggs, we cannot reveal them in their entirety.
Ron Clements: We can’t give them away, but if people wanna look for Easter eggs they are there, we will tell you that. There are many. For example, Olaf the snowman, from Frozen, is in the movie.
John Musker: He’s in there a few spots. You gotta find him, you gotta look hard for that one.
Ron Clements: It sounds weird to have a snowman in the Pacific Islands, but he’s there, along with Baymax.
John Musker: Baymax is in there.
Baymax is my favorite character.
John Musker: Baymax is in there. You gotta look. And Flounder, from Little Mermaid, is in there, but you gotta look.