Disney has surprised fans with the announcement of Moana 2, a theatrical sequel to the 2016 animated hit. The film, which is set to be released on November 27, 2024, will follow Moana, Maui, and a new crew of seafarers on an epic voyage across the ocean. Here is everything you need to know about Moana 2.
The Unexpected Announcement
Moana 2 was revealed by Disney CEO Bob Iger on CNBC ahead of Disney’s first quarter of fiscal 2024 earnings report on February 7, 2024. He said that the film was originally developed as a TV series for Disney+, but the studio was so impressed by the footage that it decided to turn it into a cinematic follow-up. Moana 2 is one of the most anticipated releases, as the original film was a huge success, grossing $643 million worldwide and earning two Oscar nominations.
Disney had already announced plans for a live-action version of the original film, so the news of an animated sequel to “Moana” took many fans by surprise.
The Plot and the Adventure
Moana 2 will be an “expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers,” according to Disney. The film’s official synopsis reads: “After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s ever faced.” The film is expected to explore new regions and cultures of the Pacific Islands, as well as the mysteries and challenges of the ocean.
The Cast and the Crew
The announcement of Moana 2 did not mention any returning voice cast. However, fans are hoping that Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson will reprise their roles as Moana and Maui, respectively. Disney has not confirmed or denied their involvement yet. As for the new characters and their voice actors, no details have been revealed so far.
The film is directed by Dave Derrick Jr., who worked on the original film as a storyboard artist. He is the first Samoan to direct a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. The film is produced by Osnat Shurer, who also produced the first film. The music, a key element of the original film’s success, will feature compositions from Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i, who scored and co-wrote songs for the first film, along with new songwriters Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, who replace Lin-Manuel Miranda from the first film.
The Anticipation and the Marketing
With the release date set for late 2024, anticipation for Moana 2 is building up. Disney’s strategic timing suggests confidence in the film’s ability to attract audiences during the holiday season, a period known for blockbuster releases. The film’s marketing campaign, including trailers and promotional materials, will play a vital role in generating hype and excitement. A teaser trailer for Moana 2 was released along with the announcement of the film.
Moana 2 shows Disney’s commitment to its animated classics, offering a new chapter in a story that has touched hearts worldwide. As more details emerge, the excitement will only grow, promising a cinematic experience that blends familiar joys with new adventures. Fans old and new are set to embark on a journey that will once again showcase the magic of Disney storytelling.
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