Disney movies are a treasure trove of happiness for the audience. Let it be Zootopia, Frozen, or any other, Disney never fails to entice the fans with its brilliantly animated movies.
One of the Disney masterpieces that skyrocketed the studio’s success is Moana.
The movie hit the silver screen in 2016 and instantly became a landmark for Disney.
Moana’s net earnings crossed $643 million worldwide, which was the fourth-highest for Disney.
The film also earned nominations for the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and Best Original Song at the 2017 Oscars.
All of this intrigued the fans, and since then, they have been waiting for Moana 2.
Will Moana 2 air in 2022?
This is the most anticipated question from the fans after the marvelous success of Moana.
But, sadly, there has been no official announcement of the production of Moana 2.
However, some sources suggest that the studio is in talks with Dwayne Johnson (Maui) and Auli’I (Moana) about the sequel.
What’s interesting is the fact that Disney has left some empty slots in its movie calendar for 2022.
This was speculated to be an indication that Moana may be ready for a surprise release.
However, since there is no word on the production either, a release in 2022 is totally out of the equation.
What may Moana 2 bring for the fans?
The prequel led Moana Waialiki onto a journey looking for the demigod Maui. Her sole purpose was to persuade Maui to return the relic to Te Fiti (the goddess) and consequently help her people.
The fans witness Moana fulfilling her purpose in the movie. Moreover, she returns as a master Wayfinder post her adventurous voyage alongside Maui.
The franchise connoisseurs say that the speculated sequel may begin from this point.
The sequel may also show Moana and Maui getting into a relationship along with the introduction of the main antagonist.
The expected cast
Just like the first chapter, some characters and their respective voices will indeed return, such as:
- Moana, played by Au’li Cravalho
- Maui played Dwayne Johnson
- Tui, played by Temuera Morrison
- Tamatoa brought to life by Jemaine Clement
- Sina, played by Nicole Scherzinger
Popular Moana Character
- Moana Waialiki: Moana is the protagonist of the film, a spirited and adventurous young girl from the island of Motunui. She is the daughter of Chief Tui and Sina, and she is chosen by the ocean to restore the heart of Te Fiti, which has been stolen by the demigod Maui. Moana is brave, resilient, and deeply connected to her culture and heritage.
- Maui: Maui is a demigod and the deuteragonist of the film. He is a shape-shifter with a magical fishhook that grants him incredible powers. Maui is initially reluctant to help Moana on her quest but eventually agrees to assist her in returning the heart of Te Fiti. He is boastful, charismatic, and has a deep-rooted desire to be loved and appreciated.
- Chief Tui: Chief Tui is Moana’s father and the leader of Motunui. He is a strong and traditional ruler who is initially against Moana’s desire to explore the ocean, fearing for her safety and the well-being of their people. Over time, he comes to understand and support her journey.
- Sina: Sina is Moana’s mother and Chief Tui’s wife. She is a loving and supportive parent who encourages Moana to follow her heart and pursue her dreams. She provides emotional support and guidance throughout the film.
- Gramma Tala: Gramma Tala is Moana’s grandmother and the village storyteller. She encourages Moana’s connection to the ocean and shares the legends of their ancestors. Gramma Tala is wise, eccentric, and a guiding force in Moana’s journey.
- Heihei: Heihei is a comically dim-witted rooster who accidentally accompanies Moana on her journey. He often finds himself in precarious situations but ultimately provides comic relief and support throughout the film.
- Tamatoa: Tamatoa is a giant, self-absorbed crab and the primary antagonist of the film. He resides in the Realm of Monsters and has an obsession with shiny objects. Moana and Maui encounter him when they attempt to retrieve Maui’s magical fishhook.
- Te Fiti: Te Fiti is a goddess and the creator of the islands in the South Pacific. Her heart was stolen by Maui, leading to the spread of darkness across the ocean. Moana’s quest is to return Te Fiti’s heart and restore balance to the world.
Moana: The Series To Release in 2023
While there is no official news on Moana 2, Disney has confirmed that a TV series titled Moana: The Series is currently in works.
Disney took to Twitter to announce this.
Come one, come all to #DisneyInvestorDay! Expect major announcements from the worlds of @DisneyAnimation, @Pixar, @MarvelStudios, @StarWars, @NatGeo, @DisneyPlus, and more. Follow this thread for live updates starting at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT today! pic.twitter.com/Duh0KHcojG
— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020
Just Announced: @DisneyAnimation’s first-ever original animated series are coming to @DisneyPlus: Baymax!, Zootopia+, and Tiana are coming in 2022, and Moana, the series, in 2023. pic.twitter.com/s7aOht4uU6
— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Along with Moana other animated movies such as Baymax! , Zootopia+, and Tiana are also getting their respective series on Disney+.
However Moana: The Series is also expected to not release until 2023.
If Moana 2 gets a release date, it will surely be delightful to watch for the fans.
However fans might have to content with Moana:The Series for the time being. That too will not release until 2023.
If you are one of those die-hard lovers of Disney animated movies, it is best to hold your horses, sit back, and watch Moana over and over till some concrete news surfaces.