Why Disney Should Make Moana 2, According To Auli'i Cravalho
Moana was another solid hit for the most successful animation studio in history. In addition, the lead character was praised for being a fresh take on Disney's normal tropes. Is there a chance that we might see her again? The voice of Moana is ready if that moment happens. I had a chance to speak with Auli'i Cravalho last week and she told me that she would love to voice Moana again if the opportunity ever arose, she thinks the character's unique traits are certainly worthy of new adventures.
For a long time, Disney took a very dim view of sequels to their animated films. For the majority of the studio's history they simply never happened. Then, in the 1990s the studio started to produce sequels, but they were always direct-to-DVD affairs, and they were, at best, hit or miss from a quality standpoint. The only Disney Animation Studios project to have received a theatrical sequel was The Rescuers Down Under in 1990.
However, Disney has made an about face on the topic of sequels in recent years. The next animated feature released by the studio will be Wreck-It Ralph 2 in March of 2018. In addition, while the movie has no known production schedule, we do know that Frozen 2 is part of the the official plan and will be out at some point down the road. The idea of a Moana 2 certainly isn't outside the realm of possibility.
It's clear from talking with Auli'i Cravalho that she truly adores Moana as a character and would love to voice this character for as long as the Mouse House will allow her to do so. While recent Disney films have had more modern heroines, Moana is in a class by herself in the way that she doesn't simply go on a heroic journey, but she instigates that journey herself. It seems this agency is the thing that would make Cravalho excited to work on a Moana sequel. Likely, she's not the only one. Moana's control over the story, and lack of a love interest focused plot were things that many fans and critics alike appreciated in the last film.
In the end, it seems Auli'i Cravalho would love to see another Moana film for the same reason that many of us would, because she loves the character and wants to see more of a young, strong, independent, woman who finds her own purpose in life, without a need for others to define her life for her. Would you like to see future adventures for Moana? Let us know in the comments.
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