BURBANK, Calif. -Â Walt Disney Animation Studiosrevealed plans today for Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible missionÂ 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,” “Aladdinâ€).
â€œJohn and I have partnered on so many filmsâ€”from â€˜The Little Mermaidâ€™ to â€˜Aladdinâ€™ to â€˜The Princess and the Frog,â€™â€ said Clements. â€œCreating â€˜Moanaâ€™ is one of the great thrills of our career. Itâ€™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 incredibleÂ journey, sheÂ teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open oceanÂ on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
â€œMoana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,â€ Musker said.Â â€œShe’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.â€