Moana 2 Secures Theatrical Release, Disney CEO Bob Iger Reveals: Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that “Moana 2” will hit theaters on November 27. Originally planned as a TV series, the film follows Moana on a perilous mission to the distant seas of Oceania, responding to a call from her ancestors. The adventure promises new challenges for the beloved characters.
“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise, and we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui,” said Iger. Directed by Dave Derrick Jr., the movie will feature music by Grammy winners Abigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Mark Mancina, and Grammy nominee Opetaia Foa’i. Voice cast details are yet to be revealed.
The initial movie raked in more than $680 million worldwide and has accumulated over 1 billion streaming hours on Disney+. Dwayne Johnson is currently developing a live-action version of “Moana” for the studio. Film critic Brian Truitt lauded the animated comedy’s music, co-created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and praised the “refreshing” protagonist, Moana, in his review.
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda collaborates seamlessly with the island characters of ‘Moana,’ creating enchanting music in this delightful seafaring epic,” Truitt expressed. “Although it may overstay its welcome at times, the recent work from ‘The Little Mermaid’ directors Ron Clements and John Musker excels in several aspects, such as a memorable soundtrack, a dedication to Polynesian culture, and a standout voice performance from Dwayne Johnson as the MVP.
Truitt commended the collaboration between Lin-Manuel Miranda and the characters of “Moana,” describing it as a beautiful fusion that enhances the film’s charm. Despite occasional pacing concerns, the directors Ron Clements and John Musker, known for their work on “The Little Mermaid,” succeed in various aspects. The film boasts a memorable soundtrack, showcasing Miranda’s musical prowess, and a commendable commitment to representing Polynesian culture authentically.
One of the highlights noted by Truitt is the exceptional voice performance by Dwayne Johnson, who takes on a pivotal role in the movie. Johnson’s portrayal contributes significantly to the overall success of the film, earning him the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the vocal department.
As “Moana” sails into new territory with its seafaring narrative, Truitt’s review suggests that the film not only delivers on musical and cultural fronts but also benefits from strong performances, making it a notable addition to Disney’s animated repertoire.