Some of the animation seen in the short was intended to be used as a trailer for Moana. However, as direction changed, the idea was scrapped. It was later decided that the already-completed animation would be used and expanded upon to create a new, standalone short.
- Dwayne Johnson worked alongside the Disney animators to create the short for eighteen months.
- Some of the footage seen in the short previously appeared in the teaser for Moana.
- The fish that Maui tries to catch is the same fish that Moana briefly encounters during "An Innocent Warrior".
- The fourth Walt Disney Animation Studios short film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, after Get a Horse!, Feast and Inner Workings.