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Grandma Tala is the tritagonist in the 2016 animated feature film, Moana.
She was voiced by Rachel House in the English version and Maori version.
Tala is Moana's grandmother, mother-in-law of Sina, and mother of Tui. Like her granddaughter, she has a love for sea exploration, having come from an ancestry of South Pacific navigators. Described as the "village crazy lady", Tala has a special connection to the sea and the legends passed throughout South Pacific generations. She shares this connection with Moana, and a relationship closer than her parents in some ways.
Tala is said to be the "keeper of the ancient stories", having deep knowledge and understanding of her heritage and culture. She is also aware of the growing darkness that threatens her people, and looks to Moana to someday utilize her wayfinding talents to liberate the world. She died of old age and is now reborn as a illuminated spirit form of a manta ray to guide Moana.