Chief Moana and Maui Sail Back to the Big Screen
Walt Disney Animation Studios just dropped an exciting teaser for their newest upcoming animated film, Moana 2. It has been 8 years since the first movie debuted on the big screen, leaving audiences unexpectedly surprised by the announcement. Here is everything to know about the film, cast, and release date.
What will ‘Moana 2’ be About?
On February 7, Walt Disney Animation Studios released a new teaser showcasing a short 16-second clip for Moana 2. The teaser begins with a wide shot view of a small unknown island with a Wayfinder boat from Moana’s village of Motonui docked ashore. It then transitions to a close-up shot of Chief Moana herself removing a conch shell from her waist. In the next frame, the teaser zooms out into a wide shot, showing a silhouette of Moana blowing into the conch shell. The teaser ends with the title Moana 2 displayed over Moana’s famous introduction music and Maui’s iconic cheehoo cheer.
While the teaser doesn’t confirm anything about the story, it does seem to imply what the chief’s new adventure is all about. The first clue is the island, which, as mentioned before, is unfamiliar. It is a rather small island, so this can’t be the same island where Moana’s village of Motunui resides or any of the other islands she has been to in the first film. Next is the conch shell she blows into, a symbol used at the conclusion of the first film to signify her role as a chief.
Using the shell hints that she is on urgent business and needs the help of a familiar friend to help her resolve a threat. This is, of course, Maui, which is implied by the sound of his cheehoo at the end of the trailer. At the end of the first film, it is also implied that the two have gone their separate ways as Moana takes on the role of chief, and Maui uses his magical fish hook to transform into a bird and fly off to an unknown destination. This could possibly be the new island from the teaser.
Release Date and Cast
At the end of the teaser, it mentions that fans can expect the film to be released in November of this year. Moreover, the teaser’s description from the Walt Disney Animation Studios YouTube channel specifies that Moana 2 will be released in theaters on November 27, 2024. The film will be directed by David G. Derrick Jr. and will be produced by Osnat Shurer. Returning to the cast is Auli’l Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson as Maui. No other information has been given at this time. Stay tuned on this page for further updates following this film.
Moana 2 Trailer: Walt Disney Animation Studios