Walt Disney Animation Announces ‘Moana,’ From Directors of ‘Aladdin’

By October 20, 2014
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Walt Disney Animation is preparing for the release of Big Hero 6 on November 7th (more on that here), but this morning the studio has announced one of their next big animated projects: a new film called Moana, from Aladdin directors Ron Clements and John Musker. These guys are responsible for some of the best and most iconic films to come out of Disney animation in the past thirty years (The Little Mermaid, anyone?), and the idea of them taking on a story about a culture that’s been extremely underrepresented on film is very cool. Moana will be in theaters sometime late in 2016, and you can see the first piece of concept art above and read all about the film in the press release below.

Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans today for “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”).

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

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