Moana and Maui set sail again

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The boundary between the sky and the sea evokes Moana once again, as Disney has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated Moana sequel. The trailer sees the return of Moana and Maui, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson respectively, on a new oceanic adventure.

The trailer opens with Moana setting off on a new adventure after receiving an unexpected call from her traveling ancestors. The script was written and directed by David G. Derrick Jr. in his feature film debut.

Music duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, as well as Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, who worked on the first film, will return to write songs for the sequel; However, Lin-Manuel Miranda is not expected to return with new songs for the follow-up.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the sequel on CNBC ahead of the company’s first-quarter fiscal 2024 earnings report. The sequel was initially developed as a TV series, but has since been adapted into a feature film.

The first “Moana” was a clear success for Disney Animation, generating more than $680 million worldwide. The animated musical found new life on Disney+ with 1 billion hours streamed by 2023.

A live-action remake of the original ‘Moana’ is also in the works, with Dwayne Johnson set to return to play Maui in that project. While Cravalho is back to voice Moana in the animated sequel, she will pass the role to another actor for the live-action remake, recently told Variety Angelique Jackson says she’s excited to see the “Moana” universe expand.

“It feels like the ‘Moana’ universe is expanding, and I love that,” Cravalho said. “I love that Moana is a hero for everyone. It changed what it meant to be a Disney princess. You can be strong and brave and take on a demigod. It feels really good that more and more generations will be able to identify with this character.

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“Moana 2” will hit theaters on November 27. Watch the trailer below.

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