There is some confusion regarding Moana's height, with various sources providing different estimates. According to the official Disney website, Moana is listed as being 5'2″ (1.58 meters) tall. However, some sources claim that she is 7'6″ (2.29 meters) tall.
This latter estimate seems to have originated from a chart created by ALevelMaths, which calculated Disney character heights. It is important to note that these estimates may not be accurate, and the official Disney website's listing of 5'2″ is likely the most reliable source.
Moana is the female lead, not the demi-god, so no, she isn't at least 7ft tall.
Answered from Danikat
As a fan of Disney movies and especially the hit 2016 animated film Moana, I've always wondered – how tall is Moana exactly? She seems petite but strong, yet it's hard to pinpoint her height when watching the movie.
Let's take a deeper look at determining Moana's height based on hints from the film, comparisons to other characters, official Disney information, and average height ranges.
Visual Comparisons to Other Characters
One way to get a sense of Moana's height is by looking at how she measures up next to other characters in the film visually:
In the scene where Moana first meets Maui, she comes up to around his chest level. Since the demigod Maui is depicted as very tall and muscular, likely around 7-8 feet tall, this suggests Moana reaches just about 5 feet compared to Maui's towering height. Standing next to a big guy like Maui highlights that Moana is still just a slender teenage girl.
Pua the Pig
When Moana is playing with her pet pig Pua, they are similar in height as they dance around together. Given that pigs typically are 2-3 feet tall when full grown, this indicates Moana is likely less than 5 feet tall if she is eye level with a piglet like Pua.
In family scenes with Moana's grandmother Tala, Moana appears only a few inches shorter than her grandmother. Assuming her elder Gramma Tala is around average adult height for a woman, likely 5'4″ to 5'6″, this suggests Moana is not that much shorter at her young age.
Heihei the Rooster
The dumb rooster Heihei reaches up to about Moana's knees or mid-shin level. Since most roosters stand 1.5-2 feet tall, Moana is likely between 4-5 feet tall if Heihei only comes up to her lower legs.
Average Height for a Teenage Girl
Since Moana is intended to be 16 years old, looking at average heights for teenage girls around that age offers insight into how tall Disney animators likely envisioned her:
- The average 16-year-old girl is between 5’2” – 5’7” tall.
- Average height for a girl by age 16 is around 63.7 inches (5 feet, 3 inches).
- For Pacific Islander ethnicity specifically, the average height of a 16-17 year old girl tends to range from 5'1″ to 5'5″.
Based on typical heights for a girl her age, it seems reasonable that Moana would fall somewhere in the range of 5'2″ to 5'5″ tall.
Sketches and Character Design Models
Early sketches and character design models for Moana also provide visual references for her height and build:
- Concept art showed Moana with an athletic yet petite frame, supporting a height around 5 feet as a young teenager.
- 3D printed models used for animator reference measured about 5 heads tall, or around 5 feet if each head length is around 10 inches tall.
- The final 3D Moana character model stood at a height of 5'2″ according to Disney animators.
Looking at the evolution of Moana's design supports a height close to 5 feet tall once her character model was finalized.
Statements from Disney About Moana's Age and Look
While Disney has never officially stated Moana's height, there are a few comments that give further clues:
- Directors stated they envisioned Moana to be between 16-17 years old.
- Head of Animation said Moana was designed to reflect an average body type and look of a girl from that region.
- The filmmakers wanted her to have an athletic build that reflected the active lifestyle of people on islands.
These insights indicate Moana was intended to look like an average height, physically fit teenage girl, which aligns with an estimated height of around 5'2″ to 5'5″.
My Best Estimate for Moana's Height
Given all the visual comparisons, designed models, age information, and comments from Disney about Moana's look, my best guess for Moana's height would be:
Between 5'2″ and 5'5″
This height range fits with:
- Average height for a 16-17 year old girl
- How she compares visually to other characters in the film
- Her athletic but petite figure
- Statements about her age and body type
So while her exact height may remain an animation mystery, the many clues point to Moana likely standing around 5'3″ tall, give or take a few inches. She's designed to be a relatable teenage girl, not too tall, but still strong and capable beyond her stature.