Disney Animation has a very rich history of bringing legends to life, as well as creating a few of their own. Today, Walt Disney Animation has announced that they will be traveling to the South Pacific for their 2016 feature length animated film, MOANA.The film will be the 56th animated Disney feature, and will be a CGI animated comedy.
MOANA tells the story of a girl who embarks on an impossible journey to fulfill an ancestors quest. She sets sail to find an island, and encounters Maui, the Demi-God, as well as the underworld, sea creatures and other adventures ripped from the folklore of her people.
It is being written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker who also teamed up for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Princess and the Frog.
“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.”
“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.”
The next Disney Animated film to hit theaters will be the Marvel film, Big Hero 6 will be the last Disney Animated feature to hit theaters until MOANA arrives in 2016. The Disney slate is instead being filled by Pixar’s Inside Story in the summer and The Good Dinosaur in the fall.