Disney has just unveiled their prime holiday season offering for 2024, and it’s bound to be a vibrant spectacle you won’t want to miss: “Vaiana 2.” This much-anticipated sequel to the beloved film has marked its calendar debut for theatrical release. Interestingly, the movie is known by different names in certain countries, a tidbit that might surprise many fans. While the international audience recognizes it as “Moana,” viewers in Spain and Italy are familiar with it as “Vaiana” and “Oceania,” respectively, but why is that the case?
Let’s delve into the name variations. In Spain, the matter is quite straightforward. The title “Moana” was already a registered trademark long before the original movie made its entrance. Consequently, to avoid any legal clashes, the Spanish version adopted the name “Vaiana.” On the other hand, the reasoning behind the Italian rebranding is a bit more unusual and revolves around the late Moana Pozzi, who was a renowned adult film star, model, and TV host. To prevent any mix-ups or potential issues with internet search results, Disney’s Italian division thought it best to opt for the title “Oceania.”
The original “Moana,” which graced screens back in 2016, is remembered for infusing fresh life into Disney’s repertoire of family-oriented stories and quickly became one of their most notable hits from the last decade. Now, after an eight-year hiatus, “Vaiana 2” promises to take us back to those enchanting oceanic vistas, following the return of our intrepid heroine and her friends for another sea-faring legend-imbued escapade.
Teased Disney in a recent press release, “Following an unexpected summons from her ancestors, Moana must heed the call to journey across the vast waters of Oceania and navigate through perilously uncharted territories to experience an adventure like no other.” This upcoming sequel is helmed by director Dave Derrick Jr., an animation industry stalwart with credits in blockbuster hits such as the 2019 remake of “The Lion King,” “Encanto” in 2021, “Megamind” from 2010, and the ever-amusing “Bee Movie” back in 2007. Derrick’s rich experience in the realm of animated storytelling is a reassuring promise of the quality that awaits audiences worldwide.
“Vaiana 2” seems poised to deliver an odyssey of color, culture, and captivating ocean lore that could very well become this decade’s family holiday classic. With anticipation stirring and the countdown to Christmas 2024 already underway, Disney aficionados are holding their breath for what might be yet another dazzling journey into the heart of the magical and the mythical. And who knows? Perhaps this time around, new traditions will be forged, and the film will become as interwoven with the festive season as its predecessor has been for the past several years.