Disney Animated Feature “Moana” To Be Released In 2016

Disney Animated Feature "Moana" To Be Released In 2016
Disney has announced a release year, along with revealing a synopsis and new concept art, for the animated film, "Moana."

Disney has announced that their 56th animated feature film, Moana, will be released in late 2016.

The film is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, both of whom also helmed Disney classics The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. In a statement, two gushed about the film, saying, “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself. She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

The first piece of concept art released for the film is gorgeous and sees the titular character, along with an unknown male accomplice, sailing a handcrafted boat through the ocean.

Disney Animated Feature "Moana" To Be Released In 2016

The synopsis for Moana sets the stage for an animated film filled to the brim with adventure:

“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 was previously believed to be set for a 2018 release date, but will now hit theatres in 2016, along with another Disney film, Zootopia.


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