We have a full sequence Moana Clip featuring the song ‘Shiny‘ below. It was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and is performed by Jemaine Clement.

The 50-foot crab, Tamatoa

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”. It over compensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny! The avid collector fiercely holds onto his ever-growing array of artifacts, along with a nasty grudge against Maui…

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Moana – Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Tamatoa (voiced by Jemaine Clement) ©2016 Disney

Screenwriter Jared Bush explained that Maui and Tamatoa have something in common. “Tamatoa tells Maui that they’re not so different. Both make a point of covering themselves in greatness. Maui with tattoos of his many feats. Tamatoa with his glittery collection of treasure. Both want to feel important—and cover up their deeper insecurities.”

Head of story John Ripa further points out that Tamatoa has a very important item in his collection. “We see in the prologue that Maui lost his fishhook after stealing the heart of Te Fiti. It turns out Tamatoa got his claws on it and Maui wants it back!”

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Moana – Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) finds his hook on the back of Tamatoa ©2016 Disney

Tamatoa song ‘Shiny’

Jemaine Clement, who voices Tamatoa tells us more about his character. “His obsession has driven him to madness. He thinks a lot of himself—he’s one of those guys—so, naturally, he sings about himself.”

The song called ‘Shiny,’ which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda of ‘Hamilton’ fame and composer Mark Mancina. It’s all about his collection of trinkets and jewelry. A challenging song with fast little phrases.”

Producer Osnat Shurer adds, “It’s this British Invasion kind of song that Tamatoa sings while taking on his nemesis, Maui. Jemaine is incredibly funny.”

Tamatoa barnacles

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Moana – Tamatoa (voiced by Jemaine Clement) ©2016 Disney

According to character rigging supervisor Matthew Schiller, not only were Tamatoa’s crab legs difficult to rig, his facial adornments got in the way.

“He’s got a bunch of barnacles on his chin,” says Schiller. “We had to make sure they looked right when his mouth moved… and it moves a lot during his song!”

Moana Clip: Full song ‘Shiny’

The Disney’s Moana original motion picture soundtrack is available as a two-disc deluxe edition. Alternately your find it as the digital deluxe edition soundtrack.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online