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Disney's beloved 2016 film Moana is becoming a franchise! The company announced an animated series based on the feature film is currently in development at Disney+.
Currently titled Moana: The Series, the TV adaptation will take audiences and fans back into the Pacific islands when the show premieres in 2023.
The series will incorporate music and will follow Moana, a passionate and sprited voyager, as she goes on another adventure which will take her even farther from home.
Moana was released in 2016 and focused on the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti.
When a blight strikes her island, Moana (Auliʻi Cravalho) sets sail and ventures into the unknown in search of Maui (Dwayne Johnson), a legendary demigod, in hope of returning the relic to Te Fiti and saving her island and its people.
The film was a success, grossing over $690 million at the box office and received rave reviews from both critics and audiences. It garnered two Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for 'How Far I'll Go', performed by Auli'I Cravalho.
The voice cast also included Rchael House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk.
The cast for the animated series has not been confirmed but we have our fingers crossed, hoping that most of the OG voices return for Moana's next adventure!
Moana: The Series was announced at the Disney Investor Day 2020 conference, alongside a whole host of other animated series based on Disney films that are currently in development and set to premiere on Disney+ in the future.
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We can't wait to see how far Moana goes in her very own series!
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