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‘Moana 2’ Sets a Record as Disney’s Biggest Animated Trailer Launch in History

‘Moana 2’ Sets a Record as Disney’s Biggest Animated Trailer Launch in History

On Wednesday, Walt Disney Animation Studios debuted the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated feature film Moana 2—starring Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson as Moana and Maui, respectively—across Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, X, and YouTube.

The first look at the sequel to the 2016 musical adventure set a record for the biggest animated trailer launch in Disney history, receiving 178 million views in 24 hours, surpassing Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 (157 million views in 2023), Disney’s Frozen 2 (116 million views in 2019), and Disney and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 (113 million views in 2017).

“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise,” Bob Iger, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, said when the sequel was announced in February. “And we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theaters this November.”

As a testament to the enduring love for Moana‘s characters, music, and story, the 2016 film was the most streamed movie across all platforms in 2023, according to Nielsen.

Opening only in theaters on November 27, 2024, Moana 2 reunites Moana and the demigod Maui three years after the events of the first film for an expansive new voyage alongside a 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.

Directed by David Derrick Jr., Jason Hand, and Dana Ledoux Miller, and produced by Christina Chen and Yvett Merino, Moana 2 features music by Grammy® winners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Grammy nominee Opetaia Foa’i, and three-time Grammy winner Mark Mancina.

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