8 Animated Disney Films That Should Have Sequels After Moana 2
Disney should consider making sequels to beloved animated films like Tangled and Big Hero 6.
Encanto was released in 2021 and received praise for its cultural representation and diversity. The film featured incredible original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with one of them, 'We Don't Talk About Bruno,' going viral. The movie also touched on important themes like generational trauma. While it is still a relatively new film, it would be well-deserved to have a sequel.
Encanto 2 has not been confirmed yet.
Tangled, released in 2010, provided an interesting retelling of the classic fairytale Rapunzel. It received acclaim for its fresh twists and visuals, and showcased a story of female independence and justice. Despite having a short film follow-up and a television series, Tangled has yet to have a feature-length film sequel. Considering its enduring popularity, it's surprising that another film hasn't been made yet.
Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6, released in 2014, was highly successful and praised for its fast pacing, action-packed storyline, and its exploration of grief in children. While it has had TV follow-ups, including a series and shorts, an official feature-length film sequel has not been made yet. Given the need for something fresh in the superhero movie genre, Disney should consider expanding upon the story of Big Hero 6.
WALL-E, released in 2008, remains one of Pixar's best films. It taught children about the importance of being environmentally conscious and introduced lovable characters WALL-E and EVE. Despite its critical acclaim, WALL-E has not had a sequel or a television series follow-up. Considering the success of Finding Dory, a sequel to Finding Nemo, Disney could create a sequel focused on EVE that introduces the film's concept to a new generation of children.
Coco, released in 2017, received praise for its representation of Mexican culture and its emotional story. With its success and positive impact, it would make a lot of sense for Disney to revisit Coco with a sequel if there is a story worth telling.
The sequel for Coco has not been confirmed.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Raya and the Last Dragon, released in 2021, offered a twist on the typical Disney princess story by drawing inspiration from Southeast Asian cultures. The film received critical acclaim for its beautiful imagery and deep storyline. While it lost the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, a sequel would be a great investment for Disney, especially now that theaters are reopening under more regular circumstances.
The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur, released in 2015, may not be as well-known as other Disney films, but it still has potential for a sequel. Despite mixed reception, the film's animation was praised. A sequel would give Disney the opportunity to craft a stronger story based on what elements worked well in the original, potentially drawing in new audiences and revisiting the initial opinion of The Good Dinosaur.
Brave, released in 2012, was a groundbreaking film for Disney as it introduced Merida, the first female protagonist in a Pixar film and the first Disney Princess from a Pixar project. Set in the Scottish Highlands, the film tackled themes of independence and defied the traditional Disney princess narrative. With such a strong and inspiring character like Merida, Brave would be an ideal film to receive a sequel.