Still from Disney Animation’s “Moana.”
How far will Disney go? Back to historic Polynesia, it appears.
On Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the untitled Disney Animation movie slated for Thanksgiving is a sequel to the beloved 2016 movie “Moana.”
The information comes simply a day after Nielsen’s year-end rankings named “Moana” because the top-streamed movie aimed toward youngsters and households in 2023, with 11.6 billion minutes of viewing.
“This was initially developed as a collection, however we have been impressed with what we noticed and we knew it deserved a theatrical launch,” Iger mentioned in the course of the firm’s earnings name.
Disney’s animation studios — Walt Disney Animation and Pixar — have struggled on the field workplace in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. That stemmed in half from the corporate’s determination to pad its fledgling streaming service Disney+ with content, stretching its inventive groups skinny and sending theatrical motion pictures in the course of the pandemic straight to digital.
The determination educated parents to seek out new Disney titles on streaming, not theaters, even when Disney opted to return its movies to the large display screen. Compounding Disney’s woes was a normal sense from audiences that the corporate’s content material had grown overly existential and too involved with social points past the attain of kids.
As a end result, no Disney animated characteristic from Pixar or Walt Disney Animation has generated greater than $480 million on the world field workplace since 2019.
A sequel to “Moana” will arrive about six months after the theatrical launch of “Inside Out 2,” a sequel to the hit 2015 animated movie about what actually goes on inside a individual’s head.
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