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Meet the voice of Tamatoa, Disney’s Moana’s big baddie


Jermaine Clement, whom you may recognize from the excellent comedy show Flight of the Conchords, provides the voice of Tamatoa, a giant hermit crab that plays a role in Disney’s next animated adventure comedy – Moana. Tamatoa is a collector of shiny things and known as the biggest baddie from the realm of monsters.

In the following video Clement introduces Tamatoa and proves that he just may have too much in common with the kleptomaniac giant hermit crab:

Clement recently portrayed the gaint Fleshlumpeater in “The BFG” and was the Prison King in “Muppets Most Wanted.” Clement hails from New Zealand and is a well known comedian, actor, writer, director, multi-instrumentalist, and one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. The other half of Flight of Conchords is Bret McKenzie whom muppet fans will recognize from his stint as music supervisor for “The Muppets” and “Muppets Most Wanted” for which he also wrote a number of songs.

About the movie:

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.