Disney's next big animated film will be MOANA

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With Big Hero 6 mere weeks away, it’s time to look forward to the next Disney project. So far, we’ve had classic fables, arcade game action and comic book escapades in the new Disney renaissance. And for their next film, Disney is dipping into some Hawaiian legends for the quest of a lifetime. HUAH TIME!

Here’s the official press release, which includes the extra-official synopsis in bold for Moana:

BURBANK, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2014) 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.”

Sounds cool! The Disney films as of late have been more experimental, and I quite like the more tropical themes for this flick, which haven’t been seen that cult classic Lilo and Stitch was released. The South Pacific setting could also result in warmer visuals, which appeals to me even more. Plus there’s the experienced tag team of Ron Clements and John Musker, so another appealing win in my book.

Moana currently has a 2016 release date schedule, which means that Disney will be skipping 2015 at this rate. Check out some of the concept art below for the film:



Last Updated: October 21, 2014

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