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Disney Just Dropped The First Official Moana 2 Trailer — Watch It Now

I spy some classic characters and some new ones, too.

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A new teaser image from the just-announced 'Moana 2' shows the title character at the helm of a boat...
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When it comes to sequels, no one can do 'em better than Disney. Just look at Toy Story 2 (through soon-to-be Toy Story 5). Or Finding Dory. Or Monsters University?! So it makes sense that the anticipation is through the roof for Moana 2, which was just announced this past February, seemingly out of the blue, and right on the heels of the live-action Moana that’s also in the works, with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking his role on as Maui again.

And now, starting today, we have our first real, 2-minute trailer to feast our eyes on. Not to mention a look at a few new characters and a sense of what the plot holds.

The scene begins with a conch shell washed up on the beach — and Moana blowing into it. The we see her setting off on another adventure, alongside her trusty rooster Heihei and pig friend Pua.

Her boat is a lot bigger and niceer now — and is that someone new aboard that we can’t quite see?

“This is a call from the ancestors to sail to new skies and reconnect our people across the entire ocean,” Moana says in a voice over, giving us some idea of what the sequel will be about.

And in the final seconds, we see the return of Maui, who seems to be signing up for whatever new quest is ahead.

The trailer also confirms the movie’s release date of November 27, the day before Thanksgiving 2024.

This is the first time we’ve seen footage from the movie aside for the *very short* preview that dropped in Februar, courtesy of the official Walt Disney Animation Studios TikTok account. Between the bellow of Maui and the unveiling of the actual release date (yes, really!), the sneak-attack teaser generated a lot of buzz.

But is there more just under the surface? Here's everything we know so far.

Is this legit? Are they really making an animated Moana 2?

Yes! While it's possible that the initial teaser preview made its way to you courtesy of an unofficial account's repost on your FYP, this is the real deal. Aside from the authenticated Walt Disney Animation Studios' TikTok account releasing the clip, Disney also published a press release from the company's CEO, Bob Iger.

"Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise, and we can't wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theaters this November," said Iger.

And then we got an official first trailer this May.

Who will star in Moana 2?

Considering fans just found out about Moana 2 on Feb. 7, there aren't many confirmed details yet. However, we do know a few things — one of which is that Johnson will reprise his role as the charismatic-albeit-conceited Maui.

It's unclear if Auli'i Cravalho, who originally voiced Moana, will return for the sequel. Silver lining: She has signed on to executive produce the live-action Moana, slated for release in 2025.

Also potentially not returning? The film's original composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Moana 2's music team lists Abigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa'i, and Mark Mancina. While the soundtrack surely rests in capable hands (and voices), here's hoping for another announcement regarding Miranda's return.

When does Moana 2 release?

Fans have something to be extra grateful for heading into the holidays this year — Moana 2 hits theaters on Nov. 27, 2024, just one day ahead of Thanksgiving.

For those counting down: That's less than a year away! While that means you probably won't be able to buy a DVD to put under the tree, you'll be able to see it in theaters throughout the holiday season and likely stream it on demand on Disney+ soon after that.

What will Moana 2 be about?

The line where the sky meets the sea? It's calling again.

Per the official Disney release, Moana 2 "takes audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers. 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."

What could that possibly mean? Only time will tell. But for this journey, Moana will likely not be leaving Montanui alone or with just Maui. Now that she's shown her father what she's made of and how important it is to face your fears, he's likely to let her set sail with some of the others from her village.

Perhaps this adventure will find Moana learning to lead a band of reluctant followers. Most exciting for many young Moana fans, if you look closely at the released photo, it looks like Pua will join Moana on the journey this time! And while Moana's grandmother's time on Earth has passed, we hope to see a visit from a very special stingray along the way, too.

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